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California Rep. Adam Schiff announces 2024 Senate run, teeing up a high-profile primary

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) delivers remarks during the a hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol on June 21, 2022.
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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) delivers remarks during the a hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol on June 21, 2022.

89-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein has not announced if she will retire, but Democratic hopefuls are already entering the race for her senate seat.

California Congressman Adam Schiff announced his run for Senate, entering what could be the most crowded and high-profile primary race of the 2024 cycle.

Schiff announced his run in a Twitter video Thursday. He joins Rep. Katie Porter, who announced her bid for the seat earlier this month. Reps. Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee may also be considering a run.

The seat currently held by 89-year-old Dianne Feinstein is safely Democratic, but the rest of the 2024 Senate map is expected to be difficult for the party – with incumbents up for reelection in swing states like Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona. Democrats are also up for reelection in solidly conservative Montana and West Virginia.

Feinstein has not said whether she will run for reelection or retire next year. She told reporters she would likely make her decision "in a couple of months," but that she had no qualms with others entering the race before then.

"I think it's all fine. I think people should, if they want to run, run," Feinstein said the day before Schiff announced. "For me, I just need a little bit more time."

Schiff, 62, rose to national prominence during former President Donald Trump's first impeachment. As House Intelligence Committee chairman, he played a key role in the investigation and also served as an impeachment manager.

In his campaign announcement, he called Trump's impeachment "the biggest job of [his] life."

"I wish I could say the threat of extremism is over. It is not," he said. "Today's Republican Party is gutting the middle class and threatening our democracy. They aren't going to stop. We have to stop them."

Schiff also served on the panel investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. He was first elected to the House in 2000, after serving in the California Senate and an assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles.

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