Asian-Pacific Faction In Congress Endorses Hillary Clinton Ahead Of California Primary

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) will endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The well-timed Clinton endorsement comes a week before next week’s California Democratic primary — and on the last day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

CAPAC, a federal political action committee which boasts several senators and U.S. representatives as members and which focuses on promoting issues related to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, will make its endorsement official late Tuesday morning at the “classy” Hilton hotel in San Gabriel, Calif.

CAPAC members Judy Chu and Doris O. Matsui — both Democrats — will attend the Tuesday event.

Chu — the first Chinese American woman to hold an elected seat in the U.S. Congress — represents a sprawling suburban district in Southern California.

Matsui — who followed her husband, Bob Matsui, into Congress when he died — represents the Sacramento area.

Also scheduled to appear at the event endorsing Clinton are some city council members and school board members from various places.

U.S. government estimates show that California is home to 6.1 million Americans of Asian descent. The Golden State boasts the nation’s largest Asian population.

Clinton leads socialist Bernie Sanders, her lone remaining rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, by a count of 1,769 to 1,499 among traditional delegates. In the chase for Democratic superdelegates, Clinton is dramatically ahead — 541 to 43. (RELATED: Clinton’s ‘Spinal Tap’ Campaign Features Smaller Venues, ‘More Selective’ Appeal)

FiveThirtyEight, a website dedicated to statistical analysis, current gives Clinton a 96 percent chance to win the June 7 California primary.

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