Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom barnstorm to mobilize Santa Clarita votersChad Kampbell November 3, 2018 0 COMMENTS
Hundreds of local residents, activists and volunteers packed the Newhall Family Theatre to capacity on Saturday, Nov. 3 to hear Lt. Governor and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) speak just three days before the general election.
The rally was part of a multi-stop bus tour of four Southern California swing districts and was held in support of 25th Congressional District candidate Katie Hill and 38th Assembly District candidate Christy Smith. The 25th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), is one of the most contested districts in the entire country.
Approximately 900 people lined up for the event, but only about 500 were admitted to the venue. The remaining attendees stayed outside and signed up to canvass the local neighborhood.
Both Hill and Smith spoke during the 45-minute rally inside the theatre, along with Senator Harris, Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and Gavin Newsom.
“There is so much at stake,” Harris said of the upcoming Nov. 6 election. “We need to fight for the best of who we are.”
Newsom continued to emphasize the importance of turning out to vote. “We have three more days,” Newsom said. “Let’s get out and vote in record numbers, let’s send a message.”
Immediately after the rally, Harris, Newsom, Hill and Smith were escorted outside the building to speak with reporters and news outlets. Newsom and Harris fielded questions from media regarding voting and voter turnout, while Hill answered questions regarding key national issues such as immigration and sending troops to the southern border.
When asked why voters should elect more Democrats to the California State Assembly, Smith cited California’s “privileged position” as a global economic leader and how that enables the state to lead on national issues such as the environment, immigrant rights and the importance of electing more women to public office. “We’re working towards gender parity in our legislature and our representative bodies,” Smith said.
Shortly after the press scrum ended, Harris and Newsom got back on their campaign bus to head to Orange County to support 45th Congressional District challenger Katie Porter. Hill and Smith remained to mingle with volunteers and attendees.
By the end of the event, the Hill campaign ran out of canvassing lists to distribute and directed the remaining volunteers back to their campaign office to make calls to voters.
Even with the excitement surrounding Hill’s campaign, the race for California’s 25th Congressional District is a close one. A recent New York Times Upshot / Sienna College poll conducted between Oct. 25 and Oct. 28 puts Knight four points ahead of Hill, still within the margin of error. Other polls show Hill beating Knight by a few percentage points or show the district deadlocked.
“When you are working on a campaign, you always try and behave like you are down by a couple points, you want to be leaving 110 percent on the field and I know that our team is already doing that,” Hill’s campaign manager, Zack Czajkowski, said when asked about the poll. “Everybody is doing everything they can and more, and I know that on Election Day no one is going to look back and say ‘Gee, I wish I had done more here and more there’ because everyone is doing everything they can.”