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Biden takes lead with series of high-profile endorsements

By Ian Krietzberg
Nation & World Editor

Going into Super Tuesday, Joe Biden’s campaign was struggling. But the night before, candidates Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg both dropped out of the race, simultaneously endorsing Biden for president less than 24 hours before the votes came in, according to CNN

“‘We need to unite our party and our country and to do it not just with our words but with our actions,’” Klobuchar said in her endorsement, according to CNN. “‘I believe we can do this together. And that is why, today, I am ending my campaign and endorsing Joe Biden.’”

At the conclusion of Super Tuesday, Biden came out as a clear winner, taking 10 of the 14 states and eliminating all the competition except for Senator Bernie Sanders, who is showing no sign of ending his presidential bid, according to The Hill

As the next series of primaries approach, Biden’s campaign continues to surge, with the former vice president gaining endorsements from a variety of important unions in Michigan, Mississippi, and Missouri, whose primaries will take place Tuesday, March 10, and apportion a combined 229 delegates, according to The Hill.

As Sanders and Biden continue to exchange attacks, Biden continues to pull in more high-profile endorsements, including ex-candidate Beto O’Rourke and, most recently, Kamala Harris, according to the New York Times. 

Though she expressed regret at the fact that a woman will not be given the nomination, in the wake of Elizabeth Warren ending her campaign, Harris cited intentions of party unification as the best means to beat Donald Trump, according to the New York Times. 

“‘Joe Biden has served our country with dignity and we need him now more than ever,’” Harris wrote in a tweet released on the morning of Sunday, March 8. “‘I will do everything in my power to help elect him the next President of the United States.’” 

This endorsement comes at a pivotal moment in the race for the Democratic nomination and further increases the likeliness of seeing the senator’s name on the presidential ticket, according to the New York Times.

After acknowledging each endorsement with the kind of grace and humility that has become the norm for Biden, he maintains his goal of beating Donald Trump. 

“‘To everyone who has been knocked down, counted out, or left behind — this is your campaign,’” he said in a tweet on Saturday, March 7. “‘Together, we will beat Donald Trump and set our nation on a new path.’”


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