Kevin failed to win the 60 percent support needed to win the endorsement at the annual convention of the Democrats despite the support from California Democratic Party. On his radio show, Savage said "Some very important people have come to me and said 'Savage, would you like to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate in the state of California against the esteemed Dianne Feinstein?'" Supporters of Feinstein are still optimistic as they believe the party snub will not hurt the Senator when it comes to the broader base of voters that will ultimately decide the election.
The party's indecision highlights a major rift within the progressive movement, with politicians and activists unsure how to tackle President Trump and their GOP opponents ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California this month found her leading Mr.de León by a margin of 46 percent to 17 percent.
"The outcome of today's endorsement vote is an astounding rejection of politics as usual, and it boosts our campaign's momentum as we all stand shoulder-to-shoulder against a complacent status quo", said de Leon, according to Politico. De Leon questioned, among other things, remarks Feinstein had made that were interpreted by many Democratic activists here as sympathetic to Trump, and suggested she was too conventional in taking on the White House.
Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate at 84, is seeking a sixth term.
But the party was fractured.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor crafting himself as a warrior for progressive ideals, took 39 percent of the vote, with state Treasurer John Chiang and former state schools chief Delaine Easton not far behind. "California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines".