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DECISION 2014: Biden to visit San Bernardino County

The Press-Enterprise, Oct. 27, 2014

• WHY HE'S COMING: Vice President Joe Biden's visit to San Bernardino County this weekend shows the importance of the Inland congressional seat to the Democratic Party.

• What's at stake: Democrat and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar is running to represent the 31st Congressional District, which stretches from Redlands to Upland. Opposing him is Republican homeland security consultant and political strategist Paul Chabot of Rancho Cucamonga.

The 31st's incumbent, Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, is not seeking re-election.

• Why it's competitive: Democrats think the district is ripe for the taking. President Barack Obama carried the 31st two years ago, and there are more registered Democratic voters in the district than Republican voters. But projected low voter turnout and highly motivated conservative voters could hurt Aguilar.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in San Bernardino County on Saturday at a get-out-the-vote event for a local Democratic congressional candidate, underscoring the national significance of the Inland race and perhaps Democrats’ nervousness about the outcome.

Biden will be campaigning for Redlands Democrat Pete Aguilar, the Aguilar campaign announced Monday. Details of the visit were not available, although Aguilar spokeswoman Tatiana Winograd said the event was not a fundraiser.

“The Inland Empire’s middle class needs a voice in Congress, and I am excited to join the vice president for an event centered around the issues at stake in this election,” Aguilar, the mayor of Redlands, said in a statement.

A statement from Republican Paul Chabot, Aguilar’s opponent, called Biden’s visit “shocking last-minute desperation.”

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