California Rep. Costa endorses Biden

California Rep. Costa endorses Biden
© Greg Nash

California Rep. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaHispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs Black Caucus rallies behind Meeks for Foreign Affairs gavel Let's support and ensure the safety of workers risking so much for us MORE (D), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

"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 may bring DHS bill to House floor Texas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs MORE, Tony Cárdenas, Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraThe 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 Democrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push 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 McNerneyDemocratic lawmakers ask how FEMA is planning to balance natural disasters, COVID-19 response Democratic senator criticizes Zoom's security and privacy policies Thousands of Zoom meeting recordings exposed online: report MORE, as well as Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks 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: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic 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.