Democrats fired up but divided: Will they unite in time?

By Casey Tolan | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group February 24, 2018 at 4:44 pm SAN DIEGO — In many ways, things look good for California Democrats in 2018: They’re seeing record-high levels of voter enthusiasm, strong fundraising numbers and an outpouring of credible candidates as state voters turn against the Trump administration. But internal divisions underlie the chest-thumping on display this weekend at the state party convention, as delegates here clash over contentious primaries, sexual harassment scandals, and the party’s policy agenda. With recapturing Congress in their sights, Democrats across the country are paying close attention to politics in California — and the struggles over the party’s identity could echo beyond the state borders. Democrats need to pick up at least a handful of the Golden State’s 14 Republican-held congressional districts if they want to take control of the House of Representatives. In the Senate race between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and State Senate leader Kevin de León and in key House races across the state, Democrats are facing a bitter primary season, with crowded fields of well-funded candidates increasingly turning on each other. “The stakes are so high, and it’s starting to get ugly,” said Jeff LeTourneau, a party vice-chair in Orange County, which is ground zero for the party’s attempts to wrest back the House. The more than 3,000 delegates hobnobbing at caucus meetings, workshops and after-hour parties by San Diego Bay can agree when it comes to taking on President Trump. The biggest applause of the… [Read full story]

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