How Dianne Feinstein's re-election bid encapsulates the divide within the Democratic Party

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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGun proposal picks up GOP support Gingrich: Banning rapid fire gun modification is "common sense" House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance MORE (D-Calif.) announced on Monday morning that she will run for reelection in 2018.

Feinstein said that she hopes to end gun violence, fix climate change, and improve access to healthcare. "I'm all in!" the tweet said.

Feinstein's decision to run again probably foregoes a costly and potentially chaotic primary campaign to succeed her - although progressive Democrats in California have been clamoring for a primary challenge to her, with some in her party believing she is too moderate or accommodating to Republicans in the age of Trump.

The 84-year-old Feinstein has, until this week, deflected questions about seeking a full fifth term, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday: "I'm in a position where I can be effective". The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, has said he's open to legislation and that he'd spoken with Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, who was interested in holding a hearing. Kevin de León, the president pro tempore of the California State Senate, is seen as a particularly strong challenger, and there are likely to be others. One top Democratic strategist pointed out on Monday that Feinstein's approval ratings among independents and Democrats in California remain strong. The progressive group CREDO recently confronted Feinstein in her office to urge her to block Trump's judicial nominees.

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Fewer than half of Californians say they want Feinstein to run for reelection, according to a poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California in September. "What Californians get from Dianne is someone who sticks to her principles and achieves results regardless of powerful opponents, from the assault weapons ban to the Central Intelligence Agency torture report".

"I strongly support Dianne's re-election campaign", Harris wrote on Facebook.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is reportedly hosting a fundraiser for Feinstein.

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