Michelle Obama jumps into Silicon Valley brawl

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump on Weinstein conviction: 'Great thing' for women Budowsky: Bloomberg-Obama or Klobuchar-Kennedy? The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina MORE is going to bat for Rep. Mike HondaMichael (Mike) Makoto HondaYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ex-congressman launching PAC to defend Dem seats in 2020 Silicon Valley lawmaker backs Apple in terror case MORE (D-Calif.).

The seven-term lawmaker is running a tight race against former Commerce Department official Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaKhanna introduces bill to add a third gender option on US passports Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Democrats call for Twitter, Facebook to take down Pelosi video posted by Trump MORE — a fellow Democrat — in one of the most expensive House races in the country.


The first lady recorded phone calls for Honda’s campaign that will be going out to voters to get them to vote for the incumbent.

“Hi, this is Michelle Obama, and I’m calling because Barack and I are counting on you to support Mike Honda and the Democratic ticket this Nov. 4,” the first lady says in the minute-long pre-recorded call. “Your vote for Mike Honda will make a real difference in supporting our president.” 

The race between Honda and Khanna has tightened in recent weeks, after Honda blew out his opponent by 20 points in the primary earlier this year.

Strong backing from a number of tech industry executives and local newspaper editorial boards have bolstered Khanna’s support, even as Honda’s campaign has criticized him for being too centrist and a “Democrat in name only.”

Though both claim similar stances on a number of policy issues, Khanna has expressed more of a willingness to see piecemeal progress on issues like immigration, given the near certainty that Republicans will maintain a majority in the House after the midterms next Tuesday.