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California Rep. Costa endorses Biden

California Rep. Costa endorses Biden
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California Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump admin to sell oil leases at Arctic wildlife refuge before Biden takes office |Trump administration approves controversial oil testing method in Gulf of Mexico | Rep. Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel Rep. David Scott wins House Agriculture Committee gavel DeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair MORE (D), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump 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-AllardHouse Democrats introduce bill providing citizenship to Dreamers Overnight Health Care: CDC panel recommends who gets vaccine first | McConnell offering new relief bill | Hahn downplays White House meeting on vaccines Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? MORE, Tony Cárdenas, Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraScars of Capitol attack permeate high-security inauguration Hillicon Valley: Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for TikTok | House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks | Biden campaign urges Facebook to remove Trump posts spreading 'falsehoods' House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks MORE, John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiBiden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure Colorado presses Biden to reverse Trump Space Command move Report on military aviation crashes faults lack of training, 'chronic fatigue' MORE, Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaRep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19 An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation FAA: No more warnings for unruly passengers on flights MORE, Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds Democrats' letter targeting Fox, Newsmax for misinformation sparks clash during hearing MORE, as well as Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda Pro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget China has already infiltrated America's institutions MORE and other officials across the state. 

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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage 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.