Former Democratic presidential nominee 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 endorsed California State Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D) in the upcoming election to fill former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by The American Investment Council – Trump takes his ‘ready to reopen’ mantra on the road The Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race Republican flips House seat in California special election MORE’s (D-Calif.) House seat. 

“There’s a key special election coming up in California on May 12, and I’m happy to support [Christy Smith],” Clinton tweeted on Friday. “Christy has been an effective public servant from the school board to the CA Assembly, and we need her in Congress. Help her protect this seat!” 

 

Smith will face off against Republican Mike Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot, in a race that will be held entirely through vote-by-mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The Cook Political Report has moved the race from “lean Democratic” to “toss-up.”

Hill flipped the seat in 2018 but resigned from office earlier this year amid allegations that she engaged in a sexual relationship with a staffer. The former congresswoman has endorsed Smith. 

Additionally, Hill’s Her Time PAC is working to turn out voters to support Smith in the special election. 

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Clinton’s endorsement comes after she endorsed 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 for president on Tuesday, becoming the latest major Democrat to throw support behind his campaign. 

“I am thrilled to be part of your campaign — to not only endorse you but to help highlight a lot of the issues that are at stake in this presidential election,” she told Biden in a joint livestream. 

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