The Mercury News and the East Bay Times, which share an editorial board, have endorsed Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.) in the 2020 presidential primary.
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The editorial board described Klobuchar as someone who could “heal the nation’s deep political divide — who can work with, and appeal to, members of both parties and independents.”
The two Bay-area newspapers touted her history of appealing to red districts and moderate voters as a tool that will come in handy during the general election in November.
“While this state will, for the first time since 2008, have a primary vote early enough to meaningfully affect the nomination, the Golden State will not be a critical factor in the November general election,” they wrote. “That race will be decided in swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.”
“Which is one of the reasons Klobuchar stands out. She has proven that she can appeal to voters in a purple state. She won reelection in 2018 by capturing 60% of the vote in Minnesota, where two years earlier Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE eked out victory with only plurality support of 46%,” the editorial board added.
Klobuchar placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses last week but climbed to third in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. In polls for upcoming early primary states, she has trailed her fellow moderates former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE.
“Of the centrists, former Vice President Joe Biden’s surprisingly poor finishes raise questions about his staying power; Pete Buttigieg’s only political experience, as mayor of South Bend, Ind., gives one pause, however articulate he may be; and former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE, with troubling questions about his treatment of women, seems to want to bypass the vetting process the others have been subjected to,” the board wrote.
California, a Super Tuesday state, has a whopping 494 delegates to award in the Democratic primary.
Klobuchar was also endorsed by the New Hampshire Union Leader ahead of this week’s primary, and she has shared split endorsements from The New York Times and The Las Vegas Sun, which on Thursday voiced support for both her and Biden. Last month, the Times backed both Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.).