Dianne Feinstein, oldest U.S. senator, announces reelection bid

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"I am running for reelection to the Senate".

Feinstein, who was the mayor of San Francisco for a decade before her Senate career, has been among the most outspoken voices on issues like gun violence and torture during her long legislative tenure.

But in a sign that Feinstein still has plenty of sway among the state's liberal power brokers, Kamala Harris, California's junior senator and a favorite among progressives, quickly and enthusiastically endorsed her bid.

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Feinstein is one of eight serving members in the U.S. Senate in her 80s.

The veteran Democrat had dodged questions about whether she would seek a fifth term, leaving her party in the nation's most populous state in limbo about whether to start grooming a possible replacement. Among them: She said two months ago that she hopes Trump "has the ability to learn and to change, and if he does, he can be a good president".

The issue of gun violence surged to the fore last week after a shooter in Las Vegas slaughtered 58 people and injured almost 500 more with high-powered semi-automatic rifles.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, Garcetti wrote, "In this topsy-turvy world of the Trump administration, we need her seniority and her experience now, more than ever", in an invitation to the fundraiser, which he is co-hosting with his wife, Amy Wakeland. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said that if Republicans were willing to pass a bill banning bump stock devices - like those used by the Las Vegas hotel sniper - he would support the legislation, even if it was not accompanied by any other restrictions of weapons purchases. Kevin de Leon, who is term-limited as the Senate president pro tempore, are also known to be angling for higher office.

"We share a common interest in this Senate race".

Feinstein's California colleague, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), who has served since 1977, has still not officially stated whether he plans to run again.

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