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Kamala Harris prays with pastors in Long Beach

With several church visits planned for Sunday, Kamala Harris campaigns with pastors and the mayor of Long Beach on Saturday, June 4, 2016.
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With several church visits planned for Sunday, Kamala Harris campaigns with pastors and the mayor of Long Beach on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Running for district attorney in San Francisco, Kamala Harris became accustomed to campaigning at churches.

When she ran for attorney general six years ago, Harris visited the houses of worship considered pivotal in Los Angeles politics.

Ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate on Saturday ducked into a meeting of influential African American pastors in Long Beach.

Joined by Robert Garcia, the city’s 38-year-old mayor, Harris delivered her usual remarks, drawing interest and appreciation for comments about school truancy.

The pastors also were pleased to hear Harris’ innumerable thoughts about the adoption and deployment of technology by government.

For Harris, the impact of the meeting extended well beyond the people in the room. Each of the reverends has a big following with whom they could share their impressions.

On Sunday, Harris plans stops at a half dozen churches, including First AME.

Before Harris, supporters and campaign staff could rush off to a Mexican restaurant, the latest stop on a multiday tour of Southern California, one of the ministers presided over a prayer, though there was little talk of politics.

“This is what we do,” he said.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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