Marco Rubio, the Republican presidential candidate surging in recent polls, picked up his first California congressional endorsement Wednesday, with Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, throwing his support behind the Florida senator.
Reps. Jeff Denham, Mimi Walters and David Valadao have all endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Rubio, while trailing Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in the primary campaign, has moved up in recent polls following strong debates.
Rubio plans to raise money in California next month, including at a fundraiser breakfast at the Sutter Club in Sacramento on Dec. 8.
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In his endorsement, LaMalfa appealed to growing public interest in terrorism following attacks last week in France.
“When it comes to terrorism, Marco Rubio understands the threats facing our country and he knows what is required to defeat terrorism,” LaMalfa said in a prepared statement.