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Biden's endorsements crush 2020 field

In this illustration, Biden outpaces other runners on a race track.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden brought home more endorsements in November than at any other point since launching his 2020 campaign, FiveThirtyEight reports.

The state of play: Biden's "endorsement points" — calculated by the political influence of those endorsers — are far outpacing his competitors. Sen. Kamala Harris stands in second place, followed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders.

Why it matters: FiveThirtyEight tracks endorsements because party elites use them to influence voters and each other, in the hopes of moving other powerful party members to support their chosen candidate.

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