California’s U.S. Senate Candidates Seek Support From Hollywood – And Set Up Potential Battle Over Democratic Loyalties

Hollywood Democrats again might be facing conflicting loyalties and affinities, this time the race to fill the seat occupied for more than 30 years by the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

With the March 5 open primary just weeks away, for many Hollywood politicos, the race is just starting to become a big topic of conversation.

Starting with Monday night’s first debate — sponsored by USC Dornsife, Fox 11 and Politico — that will see Democratic Reps. Adam SchiffKatie Porter and Barbara Lee and Republican Steve Garvey on the same stage, the coming weeks will see an accelerated schedule of events, advertising and fundraising.

So far, Schiff has been raising significantly more from showbiz donors than his closest rival, Porter, while both campaigns have highlighted their support from celebrity figures. They include Mark Hamill, who sent off fundraising emails for Schiff, and Adam Scott, who posted a photo of himself and Elizabeth Banks with Porter last fall and the hashtag #KatiePorterForSenate. Lee is farther behind, though she’s drawn backing from LaTanya Jackson and Eve Ensler. Garvey kicked off his campaign later in the year, but his name recognition as a former Dodgers All-Star has helped him move up in the poll.
The top two finishers in the primary will go on to the general election in November, regardless of party affiliation.