Sen. Feinstein wins fourth term by wide margin

Associated PressNovember 6, 2012 

Voters have decisively endorsed long-serving U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, sending the powerful Democrat back to the nation’s capital for a fourth full term.

Feinstein handily beat Republican opponent Elizabeth Emken.

The popular 79-year-old former San Francisco mayor campaigned on her legislative record over three terms, especially on the economy and national security, as well as her years in government.

Emken, 49, had presented herself as a reform-minded outsider, but was ultimately unable to overcome the relentless decline of the California Republican Party and her own lack of experience.

An autism activist from the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Danville, Emken remained unknown to most California voters. Her campaign struggled to stay out of the red while Feinstein raised more than $8 million.

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