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Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom in Town Stumping for Mike Levin

Democrats came out in full force Saturday to try and win one of the most hotly contested races in the country — California’s 49th Congressional District.

With only weeks to go until election day, the Democratic Party is bringing some of its political heavy hitters to stump for Mike Levin, who is running against Republican Diane Harkey for the seat currently held by retiring Rep. Darrell Issa.

Last week, it was former President Barack Obama, this week it was California Lt. Governor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom.

"President Obama told me I should sprint through the finish line,” Levin said. “Sprint through that tape at the end. He also has told us that this is the most consequential election we've had in our nation's history and we've got to get the next two elections right."

Democrats are fighting hard for this seat as part of what they hope is a Blue Wave in November. Issa, a Republican, has held the seat since 2003 but with him retiring, the seat is considered a major battleground for the control of House of Representatives.

Through major rallies, such as this one, Democrats are hoping to reach voters like Samantha Gambels Farr.

"I've attended a lot of rallies so far," she said. She lives in the 49th District and wanted to hear what Levin has to say. She knows the country is closely watching what happens in her district.

"Coming to events like this are prime opportunities to actually meet the people who are running for these positions and to actually have buy-in and ask the questions you really want to know," Farr said.

The Republic Party has also sent its political stars to try and keep the district red. On Friday, President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, attend a fundraiser in La Jolla for the party and stopped by Diane Harkey’s campaign office.

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