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Jerry Brown Endorses Mike Honda Over Ro Khanna

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mike Honda has landed a big-fish endorsement in his race against upstart challenger Ro Khanna: Gov. Jerry Brown.

The incumbent congressman, representing a district that includes parts of Silicon Valley, has been in Congress since 2001, taking over Norm Mineta's seat.

In a press release from Honda's office, Brown sings Honda's praises this way:

"Mike Honda has dedicated his career to tackling difficult issues and doing what's right for working people. After leading the local effort to bring BART to San Jose, Mike got $900 million in federal funding for the project creating 10,000 jobs for the Silicon Valley. Mike is an effective advocate in Congress for his district and all of California -- I'm proud to support him."

The Democratic establishment has rallied around Honda as he faces off against fellow Democrat Khanna in the general election in November. President Barack Obama, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and a raft of other state officials have lined up for Honda. Only Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has thrown his support behind Khanna, who was a deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Commerce in the Obama administration.


Khanna came in second to Honda in the primary, finishing 20 points behind despite spending almost four times as much money on the race.

Khanna has tried to gain traction by pitching himself as better suited to represent the tech-centric Silicon Valley area.

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