Muriel Bowser picked up more help from national Democrats on Tuesday in her bid to become the District of Columbia's next mayor, one day after a nod from President Barack Obama .
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., joined the Democratic nominee for what was billed by Bowser's camp as a "woman-to-woman phone banking event" at the candidate's Ward 8 campaign office.
After the pair dialed up supporters, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman told reporters she was in Southeast D.C. to "give [Bowser] a boost — not that she needs it," dismissing suggestions the high-profile endorsements indicate uncertainty about whether Bowser can win the race.
"Muriel Bowser will be elected the mayor of Washington, D.C.," Wasserman Schultz said, adding, "I was proud to endorse her the day after she won the primary and have been supportive of her ever since." She said it was important for the DNC to send a signal that "every race is important" and "that we're not leaving anything to chance."
Bowser also told CQ Roll Call it was a matter of messaging.
"We want to send a strong message to women voters across the District of Columbia that their votes matter," she said. "They're going to decide, and they want to elect a mayor that's gonna really focus on the issues that matter to them."
A poll released Oct. 1 by Economic Growth D.C. showed Bowser picking up 35 percent of likely voters, with independent challenger David Catania at 27 percent and independent candidate Carol Schwartz at 11 percent. Twenty-seven percent of likely voters were undecided. The poll of 1,023 likely voters was conducted Sept. 28-30 and has a 3-point margin of error.
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