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Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor

Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor
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California Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDem senators unveil expanded public option for health insurance Dems see Mueller firing as a red line on impeachment Clinton to fundraise alongside possible 2020 contenders MORE (D) on Friday endorsed the state's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in the race for governor ahead of next week's California Democratic convention in San Diego.

Harris made the endorsement at a Newsom campaign event, according to The Associated Press, predicting the progressive Democrat would "lead with courage" as the state's next governor.

"It is an amazing journey Kamala and I have been on as friends going back decades," Newsom said in response to Harris's endorsement.

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Harris served as district attorney of San Francisco when Newsom was mayor, and he endorsed her 2016 bid to fill the seat held by retiring Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D). Harris, 53, is also widely considered a potential 2020 presidential contender.

Newsom is running to replace his current boss, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who is in his last year in office. He enters the Democratic primary field with plenty in the bank after raising over $10 million in 2017 — more than primary rivals state Treasurer John Chiang and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The lieutenant governor will also face a third primary challenger in Amanda Renteria, the former national political director for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJustice to provide access to Comey memos to GOP lawmakers Justice Dept inspector asks US attorney to consider criminal charges for McCabe: reports 'Homeland' to drop Trump allegories in next season MORE's 2016 presidential campaign who filed this week to run for California governor.