Nation & World Politics

Feinstein’s death intensifies California fight for a coveted Senate seat

California Gov. Gavin Newsom prepares for a television interview after the second Republican primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., Sept. 27, 2023. On Wednesday, Newsom left little doubt that he had become the leading surrogate for not only President Joe Biden but also for himself, as he considers a run for the White House in 2028. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times) XNYT0670 XNYT0670

The governor is expected to appoint an interim senator soon, but his preference for a caretaker in the spot has insulted one Democrat who's already a candidate.

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