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Obama Endorses Kamala Harris in Senate Race

Damian Dovarganes / File / AP

California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Damian Dovarganes / File / AP

(AP) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are endorsing Kamala Harris to be California's next U.S. senator.

The president says in a statement Tuesday that Harris - the state attorney general - will be a fearless fighter for California residents.

Biden says the Senate needs people like Harris, who he says has taken on big banks and stood up for working people.

The duel endorsements represent a political coup for Harris, who faces fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, a 10-term congresswoman, in November.

But they are not a surprise.

While Obama occasionally wades into state-level politics, Harris and the president are longtime friends.
 
In 2013, Obama apologized to her after telling a group of wealthy donors in the Silicon Valley that she is the "best-looking attorney general."