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California Rep. Costa endorses Biden

California Rep. Costa endorses Biden
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California Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaRace for House ag chair heats up Business groups scramble to forge ties amid race for House Agriculture chair OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Republicans in campaign mode for top spots on House environmental committees | Peterson loss prompts scramble for House Agriculture chair MORE (D), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Five things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs 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-AllardDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Democratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief Hispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants MORE, Tony Cárdenas, Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraHillicon 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 The Hill's Coronavirus Report: iBIO Chairman and CEO Thomas Isett says developing a safe vaccine is paramount; US surpasses 150,000 coronavirus deaths with roughy one death per minute MORE, John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiWuhan is the final straw: The world needs to divest from China GOP seizes on 'defund the police' to galvanize base Peace Corps faces uncertain future with no volunteers in field MORE, Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaCriminalization that never should have been: Cannabis Man arrested, charged with threatening to attack Muslims in Germany Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California MORE, Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyHillicon 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 Trump administration signs AI research and development agreement with the UK MORE, as well as Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Whitehouse says Democratic caucus will decide future of Judiciary Committee MORE and other officials across the state. 

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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden announces all-female White House communications team The 'diploma divide' in American politics Bernie Sanders should opt for a government-created vaccine from China or Russia 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.