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An underdog mentality is baked into the psyche of the Central Valley.

These days, California’s interior is becoming a destination for presidential hopefuls, not just a pass-through.  https://lat.ms/2WLEHYp 

Three Democrats — Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro — have campaigned in the valley so far, leaving some residents giddy at the unusual attention.  https://lat.ms/2WLEHYp 

Looking for an edge in a field of nearly two dozen, Democratic hopefuls are strategizing that early trips to California could yield valuable delegates for the state’s March 3 primary, particularly with new party rules that increase those delegates’ clout.  https://lat.ms/2WGw7KB 

So far, 2020 contenders have focused their travels on the San Joaquin Valley, the lower two-thirds of the Central Valley and home to roughly 4 million residents.

About 1 in 5 live below the poverty line. Six of its eight counties are majority Latino.  https://lat.ms/2WLEHYp 

During a town hall in Fresno, Pete Buttiegieg made a point of acknowledging the valley’s struggles with poverty and inequality, equating them to those of his city of South Bend, which has been ravaged by decades of industrial decline.  https://lat.ms/2WLEHYp 

For many, seeing presidential contenders in their hometown is gratifying, especially since the Central Valley had previously been overlooked by those seeking the White House.  https://lat.ms/2WLEHYp 

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