Hillary Clinton visits Los Angeles again on Friday for a fund-raiser at the Beverly Hills home of Magic Johnson.
As tempting as it is to compare her event with all of the media spash that greeted Barack Obama’s event at the home of Oprah Winfrey last weekend, Clinton supporters caution that it’s not the same thing.
For one, the event at the home of Magic Johnson was designed to be much smaller and more intimate. There will be 300 people as opposed to 1,500. Ticket prices start at $500, rather than the $2,300 to visit Winfrey’s property. Johnson’s event is hosted by Magic and his wife, Cookie, along with recording industry legends Clarence Avant and Berry Gordy and music impresario Quincy Jones.
Johnson will precede his fund-raiser with an open-media campaign afternoon appearance with Clinton and Watts community leaders at King Drew Magnet School.
As with Winfrey, whose event unleashed a series of stories on whether she could help Obama makes gains among women, there’s hope that Johnson’s endorsement will help draw African-American support to Clinton’s campaign, particularly in California. In other words, each is trying to make inroads among those other’s presumed support.
Clinton backers believe polls are trending their way. In the most recent SurveyUSA poll, released on Monday, shows that Obama leads Clinton 52% to 43% among African-Americans in the state. In a June poll, Obama led 61% to 30%.
Obama, meanwhile, announced a piece of good news today: He got the endorsement of the California Legislative Black Caucus.