Dem hope­fuls swarm ri­val’s Calif. home turf

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

The Democrats who want to be pres­i­dent are swarm­ing Cal­i­for­nia, com­pet­ing for cam­paign cash and me­dia at­ten­tion while court­ing long­time al­lies of home-state Sen. Ka­mala Har­ris on their ri­val’s own turf.

Former Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den swooped in to Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day to raise money and snack on tacos with Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has yet to of­fer an en­dorse­ment de­spite back­ing Har­ris in the past. Bi­den went to three events over two days, in­clud­ing one that net­ted $750,000 and was at­tended by Hol­ly­wood power­bro­kers, as well as “Mir­a­cle on the Hud­son” pilot Sully Sul­len­berger.

Pete But­tigieg met with la­bor ac­tivists and LGBT donors, and promised to “vig­or­ously con­test Cal­i­for­nia.” The mayor of South Bend, In­di­ana, also at­tended at least six fundrais­ers in the Bay Area and Los An­ge­les, in­clud­ing one hosted by ac­tress Gwyneth Pal­trow.

“We are con­sol­i­dat­ing our po­si­tion as one of the top can­di­dates in the pres­i­den­tial race,” he told a sold-out crowd Thurs­day at a West Hol­ly­wood gay bar.

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