Spokespeople for Lee and Schiff told POLITICO on Tuesday that Porter’s announcement does not change their timeline for launching their own campaigns. Schiff has previously said he would consider running if Feinstein does not run for another term.
Porter, a three-term congresswoman, is well-positioned to run a powerful Senate campaign. The progressive Democrat is a prolific fundraiser, with $7.7 million on hand as of the end of 2022 and $25 million raised in the last cycle.
But even with Porter’s impressive fundraising and ability to appeal to swing voters, the race is expected to be highly competitive — especially given California’s primary system that could pit two Democrats against each other in the 2024 general election.
Nicholas Wu contributed to this report.