Updated Mar 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Biden racks up endorsements as Super Tuesday kicks off

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has earned endorsements from a string of prominent Democrats in the hours leading up to Super Tuesday, where wins in huge delegate states like California and Texas could drastically change the trajectory of the 2020 race.

Driving the news: Two former Obama administration officials — former UN Ambassador Samantha Power and former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough — endorsed Biden on Tuesday.

But they're not the only big names throwing their weight behind Biden's campaign, which has seen a turnaround after a sweeping victory in South Carolina overshadowed his poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire. Other political figures endorsing Biden on Monday and Tuesday include:

  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O'Rourke
  • Former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
  • Former UN ambassador and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice
  • Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth
  • California Rep. Gil Cisneros
  • Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar
  • Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge
  • Former Colorado Sen. Mark Udall
  • Austin Mayor Steve Adler
  • Virginia House Majority Leader Charniele Herring
  • Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
  • Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke
  • Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The big picture: Moderates are coalescing around Biden in a bid to stop progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, who could run away with an insurmountable delegate lead after Super Tuesday. Mike Bloomberg, a centrist who will appear on the ballot for the first time on Tuesday, doesn't yet appear to be budging.

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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.

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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.

Pete Buttigieg endorsed Joe Biden

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Pete Buttigieg endorsed Joe Biden in Dallas Monday night, further narrowing the Democratic field's group of moderates in the former vice president's favor.

The state of play: The two spoke on the phone Sunday evening after the former South Bend mayor announced his departure from the race. With Amy Klobuchar also dropping out and planning to endorse Biden at Monday's rally in Dallas, the race is now down to four major candidates — Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Mike Bloomberg.

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