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ELECTION 2012

Sen. Feinstein cruises to 4th term

November 07, 2012|Jean Merl
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein, DCalif.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, DCalif. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call )

Democrat Dianne Feinstein, California's senior U.S. senator, won an easy reelection victory over nonprofit executive Elizabeth Emken, her underfunded, little-known Republican challenger.

Feinstein, 78, was running for her fourth full term against Emken, 49, an autism activist from Danville whose only previous run was a failed primary bid for a congressional seat.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday, November 08, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Dianne Feinstein: An article in the Nov. 7 Section A about U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's reelection gave her age as 78. The San Francisco Democrat is 79.

Emken had support, but received little financial help, from the California Republican Party.

She raised just $677,000 to Feinstein's more than $9.1 million, filings with the federal government show.

Emken's challenge was heightened by the Republican Party's registration slide in California and Feinstein's popularity and reputation for political moderation.

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jean.merl@latimes.com

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