Obama, Biden back Kamala Harris in Calif. Senate race

Obama, Biden back Kamala Harris in Calif. Senate race
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President Obama and Vice President Biden on Tuesday announced they are endorsing California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the state’s Senate race between two Democratic candidates.
 
Obama called his longtime ally Harris “a lifelong courtroom prosecutor” who has stood up to big banks, human traffickers and big oil companies. 
 
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“I am proud to endorse Kamala Harris because I have seen her work,” Obama said in a statement. “That’s the approach she’ll take to the United States Senate.”
 
The White House endorsement could provide a major boost to Harris, who is facing off against Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) to replace the retiring Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.) 
 
Harris leads Sanchez 39 to 24 percent, according to a July Field Poll. But no Republican is running in the race, and 22 percent of voters remain undecided. 
 
The attorney general already defeated the congresswoman in the Democratic primary, but both qualified for the general election under California’s top-two primary system. 
 
The endorsement from Obama and Biden add to Harris’s backing from party heavyweights, including California Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties MORE (D-Mass.).
 
Harris, the Golden State’s first black female attorney general, has been a supporter of Obama’s dating back to his first Senate campaign. 
 
During a 2013 fundraiser, Obama called Harris “the best looking attorney general.” He later called her to apologize.