LA Times: Riding high in the U.S. Senate race, Kamala Harris pushes to help down-ballot Democrats

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris kicked off her 10-day campaign tour of California in a part of California that had, until recently, been the solid domain of the GOP.

But in Santa Clarita, the tiny, makeshift Democratic Party headquarters in an office building overflowed with party loyalists Sunday, all hyped by the prospect that Democrats had a fighting chance of capturing the local congressional and statehouse seats that have long been in Republican hands.

For Harris, holding a rally so close the the election and so far away from California’s voter power centers in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area could indicate that she has enough confidence going into the November election against her rival, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange), that she can spend the final days of the race helping down-ballot Democrats increase their numbers in the House of Representatives.

“Please give everything you have in your energy and your time and in your heart to make sure that we elect them, because these are difficult times,” Harris, California’s two-term attorney general, said at the rally.

Among those onstage with Harris was Democratic attorney Bryan Caforio, who has mounted a serious challenge to freshman Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), as well as state Senate candidate Johnathon Ervin and Assembly hopeful Christy Smith.

“With the AG coming into town, kicking off her bus tour here in Santa Clarita, it’s showing people that this matters,” Caforio said after the rally. “People are watching this, and people are seeing the backwards policies that are being brought in from the other side aren’t working, and we’re going to bring in change from the bottom up.”