Two incumbent Democratic U.S. House members in California are engaged in a battle over who can collect the most Republican endorsements as they face off in the November general election.
Congressmen Brad Sherman and Howard Berman had been allies, but they became rivals when redrawn political maps put their homes in the San Fernando Valley in the same district, according to the Los Angeles Times
Their campaign battle intensified after both became the two top vote getters in the June primary. They were placed on the November ballot under a new election system that has produced several other same-party face-offs around the state.
As a result, both men have wasted little time going after voters and endorsements outside their own parties. The Times reported Berman had scored a high-profile endorsement from Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.
Sherman returned fire with his own list of endorsements from local Republican officeholders.
Not to be outdone, Berman followed up by releasing a longer list of endorsements from local and state Republicans.
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