Emily’s List backs Elizabeth Warren acolyte in California congressional race
Emily’s List, the progressive organization that boosts female Democrats who support abortion rights, has issued its earliest-ever in-cycle candidate endorsement, throwing support behind Irvine, Calif., law professor Katie Porter in her race against Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.).
The endorsement is a boost for Porter, a first-time candidate who studied under Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at Harvard Law School and who has been endorsed by the Massachusetts senator and by Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.). It’s also one of the first attempts by a progressive group to provide clarity in the increasingly busy primaries taking place in swing seats, as renewed liberal activism has led to a surge of new candidacies.
“I think Emily’s List will send a strong signal that the eyes of this nation are on this race,” Porter said in an interview. “It’s been very, very supportive throughout the process of starting a campaign. This endorsement is a proof point of the quality of the campaign we’re running.”