In California challenger wins party skirmish

Harman challenger wins party skirmish

Alex Isenstadt

Primary election challenger Marcy Winograd has staged a successful effort to deny veteran California Rep. Jane Harman the pre-endorsement of the California Democratic Party, just days before the state party meets for its annual convention.

Harman had obtained more than 70 percent of the vote in her Southern California-based district’s March 20 pre-endorsement meeting. But Winograd announced this week that she had collected more than the 300 delegate signatures needed to strip Harman of that pre-endorsement. The pre-endorsement of the local party typically guarantees to candidates the endorsement of the state party at the state convention, which places the pre-endorsees under a roll call vote.

With neither Harman nor Winograd capturing the 36th District pre-endorsement, the fight for the California Democratic Party’s approval now heads to the floor of the state convention, which will meet in Los Angeles next week.

In a fundraising appeal Thursday, Winograd praised her supporters for their effort and vowed to wage a fight this weekend to prevent Harman from capturing the backing of the state party.

“As we approach our state party convention, we are prepared for a floor fight — Winograd vs. Harman. But it’s not just about the two of us. This is a fight to determine: Jobs vs. Wars, Homes vs. Banks, Your Street vs. Wall Street,” Winograd wrote in the appeal.

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