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Most of California Latino Legislative Caucus endorses Clinton

Most of California’s Latino Legislative Caucus members have endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for the June 7 Democratic primary, according to a list released by the Clinton campaign.

The caucus as a group doesn’t endorse federal candidates, but 20 individual members have chosen Clinton over her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The caucus chairman, Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, said Clinton has been a “lifetime champion” of issues important to California’s Latino community, including jobs, education and healthcare.

The two caucus members who were not listed as endorsing Clinton are Assemblymen Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella and Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park.

Hillary Clinton has already scored endorsements from other prominent California Hispanic leaders like former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra and labor leader co-founder Dolores Huerta.

Nationally the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsed Clinton in February.

Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 5:45 p.m. May 25, 2016 to remove the name of Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, from the list of caucus members who had not endorsed Clinton.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs