FILE -- In this Oct. 17, 2018 file photo Public Policy Institute of California CEO and debate monitor Mark Baldassare, center, applauds at the end of the debate between California Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, left, and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in San Francisco. De Leon received the California Democratic Party's endorsement in his bid to unseat Feinstein, but she remains the favorite heading into Election Day. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, file)

Feinstein's opponent in California failed to raise big money

November 02, 2018 - 2:37 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kevin de Leon has tried to capitalize on his endorsement from the California Democratic Party for U.S. Senate over incumbent Dianne Feinstein.

But the former state Senate leader never parlayed the endorsement into significant campaign cash to boost his name recognition among California's nearly 20 million voters.

Meanwhile, state and national Democratic activists largely stayed laser-focused on efforts to flip U.S. House seats.

Party activists chose de Leon over Feinstein in July in an upset. But her role in the Supreme Court nomination fight helped blunt criticisms she isn't tough enough against President Donald Trump.

Now, with many early votes already cast and Election Day near, the 85-year-old Feinstein appears headed for a fifth full term in the seat she has held since 1992.