The throngs of Democratic candidates jumping into the 2018 congressional contests in hopes of ‘resisting’ President Trump have in turn fueled a nasty war within the party — a fight that has seen incumbents scorned as primary fields swell.
This was witnessed most recently over the weekend, when the California Democratic Party declined to endorse Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bid for a sixth term.
But in California and beyond, Democrats are experiencing internal tensions similar to what Republicans went through during the Tea Party wave of 2010. The open question: will they replicate the GOP’s success of that cycle, or crumble amid their own divisions?
One potential risk is that moderate candidates will be pushed aside, in favor of liberal candidates who might not be as electable in a general election.
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