Rep. Ro Khanna passes on Senate run, endorses Barbara Lee
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said Sunday he is passing on a run for retiring Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) seat and staying in the House.
Driving the news: Khanna, in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," said that after mulling a Senate bid, "despite a lot of enthusiasm from Bernie folks, the best place ... for me to serve as a progressive is the House of Representatives."
- The Silicon Valley congressman said he is endorsing Lee, a fellow progressive from the San Francisco Bay Area, and co-chairing her campaign.
- "We need a strong anti-war senator, and she will play that role," Khanna said, adding that he has "respect" for Porter and Schiff, but Lee's lone vote against authorizing the Afghanistan war makes her a "unique voice."
- Khanna also said "representation matters," noting Lee would be the first Black woman senator since now-Vice President Kamala Harris left the upper chamber in 2020.
The state of play: Early polls of the race have shown Schiff, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and Porter, a high-profile progressive known for her use of a whiteboard to grill business executives and Trump administration officials, in the lead.