Katie Porter for Congress

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.”


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