"Howard Berman is a highly-respected leader sought after by his colleagues from both parties for his expertise in both domestic and foreign policy, and world affairs,” Hoyer said in a statement posted on the Berman campaign's Facebook page. “Howard Berman is respected by both Republicans and Democrats because of his approach as a legislator and decency as an individual. It would be a great loss to the country if Howard Berman did not return to serve in the Congress of the United States."

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The two lawmakers were thrown into the same district by California's redistricting process. And the state's new primary system puts the top two vote-getters — regardless of party — in the general election. Most of the district is Sherman's old territory.

The race has caused many Democratic legislators to pick sides.

Berman already received an endorsement from Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCarmakers to Trump: 'Climate change is real' Mugshots.com’s alleged co-owners arrested, charged with extortion States appeal court ruling in attempt to save Obama-era financial rule MORE (D-Calif.), the House Democratic caucus vice chairman. In total, Berman holds endorsements from more than 20 House members and five senators — including both senators from California and a few Republicans. He secured the endorsement of Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTo woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Senate panel again looks to force Trump’s hand on cyber warfare strategy Senate panel advances 6B defense policy bill MORE (R-Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Trump 'probably' shouldn't call use of FBI informant 'spygate' Graham on canceled summit: Trump thought North Korea was ‘playing him’ House GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) earlier in the race.

Sherman holds the endorsement of three members of Congress and has secured the high profile support of former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump must move beyond the art of the deal in North Korea talks To woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action 2018 midterms: The blue wave or a red dawn? MORE.