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Hillary Clinton endorses Democrat Emilio Huerta in Central Valley congressional race

 (Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times)
(Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton endorsed 21st Congressional District Democratic candidate Emilio Huerta Sunday.

Huerta faces Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) in the Central Valley district, a major agricultural region with a population that is nearly 75% Latino.

"I am proud to support Emilio Huerta for California’s 21st Congressional District. From his work in the Farm Workers movement with Cesar Chavez and his mother, Dolores Huerta, to his career as a civil rights and non-profit attorney, Emilio has spent his entire life working for poor and low-income families throughout California and the Southwest," Clinton said in a statement released by the Huerta campaign.

The district is among a handful of the most closely watched in California. Huerta was endorsed by President Obama on Oct. 26.

Huerta's mother, labor rights icon Dolores Huerta, has been a visible Clinton surrogate for months, visiting Latino communities across the country to rally a group that historically votes at lower rates but that may feel new motivation following rhetoric about Mexicans and immigrants from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Democrats have worked to tie Republican candidates to Trump, a move made more difficult in the 21st Congressional District, where Valadao announced in June he could not support Trump for president.

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