SANTA MONICA—Senator Ted Lieu, Democrat from Torrance, won decisive support from local activists on Sunday, taking 73 percent of the pre-endorsement conference and thereby indicating promising odds for winning the California Democratic Party’s support at its convention next month.

Lieu has been representing the 28th Senate District since February 2011 and is now competing for Harry Waxman’s seat for the 33rd District since Waxman announced his retirement. Waxman has been serving in Congress since 1975.

The conference was held on February 8 and 9 in respective regions to reveal the potential status between Democratic candidates Ted Lieu, Derrick Ferree, Wendy Greuel, Marianne Williamson and Brent Roske. The conference covered races in four Assembly, two state Senate and three congressional districts.

Historically, the 33rd District leans toward the Democratic side, which makes the party’s endorsement essential for the campaign backing it.