Cal­i­for­nia sen­a­tor announces she won’t seek full term in Dianne Fein­stein’s seat

Sen. Laphon­za But­ler (D‑CA) will not join the crowd­ed field cam­paign­ing to fill her seat for a full term next year, she announced on Thurs­day.
But­ler has faced ques­tions about her 2024 plans since being sworn in to fill the vacan­cy left by the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s pass­ing ear­li­er this month. She was appoint­ed to the seat amid an expen­sive and com­pet­i­tive con­test to fill the role for a full term next year.
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The Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tor said in an inter­view on Thurs­day that while she plans to be “the loud­est, proud­est cham­pi­on of Cal­i­for­nia” for the remain­der of her term, she real­ized that “this is not the great­est use of my voice.”
Pub­lic polling on the Sen­ate race shows Reps. Adam Schiff (D‑CA) and Katie Porter (D‑CA) essen­tial­ly tied for the top spot and Rep. Bar­bara Lee (D‑CA) not far behind, all with­in the mar­gin of error in most sur­veys. Also in the mix ar …