California’s 2024 U.S. Senate is kicking into high gear, with candidates reporting seven figures in fundraising and hosting competing rallies more than a year before the 2024 primary election.
Several candidates have entered the race for the safely Democratic seat currently held by the oldest member of Congress, 89-year-old Senator Diane Feinstein.
California’s U.S. Senate race is likely to become the nation’s most high-profile race for a Senate seat and the most expensive.
On Saturday (February 11), Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who became a prominent figure in Congress after he led Trump’s first impeachment trial, held a rally in his hometown in Burbank, California, telling the crowd that had gathered in the parking lot of union hall, “Let’s go win this thing.”
Schiff announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in January after two decades in Congress.
The day before Schiff’s rally, fellow Democratic Representative Katie Porter kickstarted her Senate campaign in Los Angeles, where she met with local leaders to discuss pollution affecting lower-income communities.
Porter has made a name for herself within the lower chamber’s progressive wing, often going viral on social media for her questioning of CEOs and other witnesses during Congressional hearings.
Rep. Barbara Lee, a member of the Black Caucus, is another contender for the seat, which Feinstein has held for six terms.
The California U.S. Senator is yet to announce whether she will be seeking re-election or retiring at the end of her current term. Questions have been raised about her cognitive ability, and the flooded Senate Seat race is an indication many expect her to bow out.