California Rep. Costa endorses Biden

California Rep. Costa endorses Biden
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California Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaModerate Democrat fends off liberal primary challenge in California  California Rep. Costa endorses Biden Group of House Democrats reportedly attended the White House ball MORE (D), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response 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-AllardCalifornia Rep. Costa endorses Biden Bipartisan lawmakers ask NIH for information on 'disturbing' studies on monkeys LA Mayor Eric Garcetti endorses Biden MORE, Tony Cárdenas, Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraDemocrats ask Trump for evidence that medical supplies are available Pelosi stands firm amid calls to close Capitol Trump, Congress struggle for economic deal under coronavirus threat MORE, John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiBiden rise calms Democratic jitters California Rep. Costa endorses Biden Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims MORE, Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaActivists, analysts demand Congress consider immigrants in coronavirus package Hillicon Valley: HHS hit by cyberattack amid coronavirus outbreak | Senators urge FCC to shore up internet access for students | Sanders ramps up Facebook ad spending | Dems ask DHS to delay Real ID deadline House Dems ask DHS to delay Real ID deadline MORE, Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyTop US providers pledge to help maintain Internet access during coronavirus outbreak California Rep. Costa endorses Biden Hillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency MORE, as well as Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocratic lawmakers demand government stop deporting unaccompanied children DOJ probing stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of coronavirus crisis: report Lobbying frenzy connected to stimulus sparks backlash MORE and other officials across the state. 

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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points GE employees urge company to use laid-off workers to make ventilators 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.