Updated Mar 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Beto O'Rourke joins Klobuchar and Buttigieg in endorsing Biden

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Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on stage at a rally in Dallas, Texas, Monday.

Driving the news: O'Rourke is the third former 2020 competitor to endorse Biden Monday. Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who dropped out of the race Sunday, also endorsed Biden at the rally. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who ended her campaign earlier Monday, did the same.

We need someone who can bring us together and heal us. We need Joe Biden."
— Beto O'Rourke at Biden's Texas rally
  • The endorsements come just hours before polls open on Super Tuesday. Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a narrow lead in delegates over Biden, but moderates coalescing around Biden could give him a vital boost.

What he's saying: At the rally, Biden praised the gun control advocacy of O'Rourke — who campaigned for buybacks of assault weapons and who declared last year, "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.

  • "You're gonna take care of the gun problem with me, you're gonna be the one who leads this effort," Biden told O'Rourke. "I'm counting on you, we need you badly."

The big picture: O'Rourke dropped out of the 2020 race in November after multiple attempts to rebrand himself in the Democratic field. He'd once been the buzz of the Democratic Party after making a splash in the 2018 midterms while running against incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details from the rally.

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Joe Biden: Pete Buttigieg reminds me of my son Beau

Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden at the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami last year. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden said that the 38-year-old Pete Buttigieg was reminiscent of his late son, Beau Biden, because he also "has a backbone ... like a ramrod," after Biden's former Democratic presidential rival endorsed him for president Monday.

The big picture: Biden's campaign has been gaining momentum since he won the South Carolina Democratic primary. Former 2020 candidates Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out of the race earlier in the day, and Beto O'Rourke, who suspended his campaign last November, also endorsed him at a rally in Dallas on Monday.

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Joe Biden wins Texas Democratic primary

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Joe Biden has won the Texas Democratic primary with 228 delegates at stake, according to multiple media projections.

Why it matters: Texas offers the second-largest win of the night, coming in just behind California and its 415 delegates.

Joe Biden projected to win Arkansas Democratic primary

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Joe Biden is projected to win the Arkansas Democratic primary with 31 delegates at stake, according to the AP.

The big picture: It's Biden's 6th victory of the night in a southern state, with only Texas remaining. Biden received a boost the day before voting opened on Tuesday after Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg relinquished their White House bids and endorsed the former vice president. Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who had dropped out of the race in November, also endorsed Biden Monday night.