THE SAN FRANCISCO — Sen. Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom, two of the most vocal Democratic critics of President Donald Trump in the country, will campaign together this weekend in a final effort to galvanize voters in crucial House contests that could determine control of Congress.
The high stakes of the races are highlighted by Harris and Newsom’s Saturday joint campaign swing to four hotly contested House districts in Southern California. For Democrats, the path to a House majority goes through staunchly blue California, where seven GOP incumbents have been targeted for defeat.
The campaign appearance by Newsom and Harris is a unique pairing of two Democratic up-and-comers from the state with the most people. Both are San Francisco-based legislators who have, at times, been seen as political competitors in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by 17 points in terms of registration.
Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is now polling with a healthy double-digit lead against Republican businessman John Cox in the election for governor of California. Harris, a first-term senator and former district attorney for San Francisco, recently made her first appearance in Iowa, a state that votes early for president, fueling rumors about her 2020 plans.
Together, Newsom and Harris will canvass in Santa Clarita on Saturday morning for Democratic House candidate Katie Hill and Assembly candidate Christy Smith. Katie Hill is a nonprofit executive running in the competitive 25th Congressional District against GOP Rep. Steve Knight, and her race is seen as a key opportunity for the party to flip a House seat.
Later that day, they’ll travel to Orange County to campaign for Katie Porter, a consumer advocate and law professor at UC Irvine who has mounted a serious challenge to GOP incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters in the 45th Congressional District. They’ll appear alongside comedian Chelsea Handler in Orange County.
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