- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the California Democratic Party convention (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

California Democrats have overwhelmingly endorsed Attorney General Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate.

Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County were vying for their party’s seal of approval to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is retiring.

The attorney general waged an aggressive campaign at the state party convention and won 78 percent of delegates’ votes on Saturday night, easily surpassing the 60 percent endorsement threshold.

Sanchez had just 19 percent of votes. The remainder of delegates voted not to endorse anyone.

The endorsement of Democrats at the party’s annual convention could bring significant financial backing in addition to credibility.

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5:15 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is making a rousing call against income inequality for California Democrats.

Biden says corporations have abandoned the middle-class in favor of massive CEO salaries, Republican policies have hurt working people and profits have become more important than doing right.

Biden spoke to the California Democratic Party’s convention in San Jose for nearly an hour Saturday evening. He urged Democrats not to “down-size their dreams for the middle-class.”

The former U.S. senator from Delaware also decried political incivility, though he said GOP politicians “have just gotten meaner,” referring to the presidential election.

Biden also congratulated Hillary Clinton on her primary win in South Carolina Saturday, though he declined to take sides, saying Democrats have two great candidates to choose from.

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2:15 p.m.

One man stood out among thousands of California Democrats at their party’s convention on Saturday: GOP Senate candidate Duf Sundheim.

The Silicon Valley attorney said he was there to talk with Democrats about issues that matter to all Californians, and he doesn’t see their party as his enemy.

The biggest political wrangling of the convention is between competing Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate. Both Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange County are vying for their party’s endorsement.

Sundheim says he wants Democrats to know that if he’s elected to the U.S. Senate, he would listen to all his constituents, not just Republicans.

He said he would also give a hearing to President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

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1:50 p.m.

Having Vice President Joe Biden as your keynote speaker can present some logistical challenges, like eating.

Biden is Saturday’s big-ticket talker at the California Democratic Party’s convention in San Jose.

But with the vice president comes a lot of extra security, which meant long lines Saturday as delegates passed through metal detectors and screenings by Transportation Security Administration and Secret Service agents.

There were also no food or drink outlets inside the secure perimeter, which meant hundreds of delegates opted to wait for several hours for fear of being delayed by the security gauntlet when they returned.

The convention speeches broke for more than two hours for a ticketed luncheon that was outside the convention hall.

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12:00 a.m.

California Democrats face a fairly rosy picture as their party gathers for its annual convention this weekend in San Jose.

They hold all statewide offices and a majority of seats in the state Legislature. Their goals this year include reaching a two-thirds majority in the Assembly and Senate.

The biggest drama of the convention centers around the party’s coveted endorsement for U.S. Senate. State Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez are seeking their party’s seal of approval.

About 1,800 delegates will vote Saturday afternoon on a ballot that also offers the option of no endorsement. If neither candidate gets 60 percent, no one will be endorsed.

Delegates will also hear from the party’s top brass on Saturday, with a keynote address by Vice President Joe Biden.

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