California Rep. Costa endorses Biden

California Rep. Costa endorses Biden
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California Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaProposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Democrats bullish they'll reach finish line this week Moderate Democrats press for score before vote on Biden package MORE (D), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE's presidential campaign Tuesday, just hours before polls in the Golden State closed. 

"It’s time for Democrats to come together to focus on supporting the best candidate for victory in November. That’s why I am joining many of my colleagues to endorse, my friend, Joe Biden for President," Costa said in a statement. 

Costa said Biden is "clearly the most qualified candidate," noting the candidate's "extensive" background in domestic and foreign policy.

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"Above all else, we must have a person that has the empathy and compassion to heal the wounds and bring the divisions in our country together again," Costa said. "Vice President Joe Biden best represents the values that offer the hope and promise for America’s future."

Biden was previously endorsed by Democratic California Reps. Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardLatino activists flex redistricting muscle after decade of growth Proposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE, Tony Cárdenas, Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraMajor abortion rights group names new president Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Biden remarks on Taiwan leave administration scrambling MORE, John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiAt 75, the Fulbright deserves respect and more funding The situation in Ethiopia is horrific, its continuation doesn't have to be inexorable   Why is Biden doubling down on Trump's nuclear expansion? MORE, Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis Correa91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill Historic immigration reform included in House-passed spending bill Immigrant advocates release 'Pathway to Citizenship in Five Steps' MORE, Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyDemocrats see Friday vote as likely for Biden bill Proposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — China's president to video in for climate confab MORE, as well as Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinNew variant raises questions about air travel mandates Progressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE and other officials across the state. 

California has 415 pledged delegates to award, the most of any state. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE (I-Vt.) is the favorite to win the Golden State, with a wide lead in most polls. 

Sanders has a 12 point lead over Biden in California, according to a RealClearPolitics average.