A Milestone for Senator Feinstein

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein during day two of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dianne Feinstein has set the record of most votes won in a Senate election.

The California Democrat amassed more than 7.1 million votes in winning re-election Nov. 6, according to an updated tally from California election officials.  An official count will be released early next month.

Feinstein, who was first elected in 1992, topped the previous high of 6,955,728 votes, set by her California colleague Barbara Boxer in November 2004.

Feinstein was well-positioned to set the record, for she was running in a high-turnout presidential election year in the nation’s most populous state. Feinstein defeated Republican nominee Elizabeth Emken by 62 percent to 38 percent, an outcome consistent with predictions by election forecasters.

Boxer, who will have to revise the biography on her campaign website, could reclaim the record if she seeks re-election in 2016, a presidential election year, and wins re-election decisively. She won a fourth term in 2010 with 52 percent of the vote, compared to 58 percent in 2004.



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