Biden makes endorsements in top House races

Biden makes endorsements in top House races
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates Feinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him MORE endorsed three Democratic candidates on Thursday for competitive House seats, the latest round of endorsements in Biden's push to help Democrats take back the House.

Biden is throwing his support behind philanthropist Susie Lee, who’s running for Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump administration secretly shipped plutonium to Nevada Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE’s (D-Nev.) open seat; Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan, who’s looking to unseat Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloOvernight Energy: Park Service closing Joshua Tree after shutdown damage | Dems deliver trash from parks to White House | Dems offer bills to block offshore drilling | Oil lobby worries about Trump trade fight Ex-GOP Rep. Ryan Costello joins group pushing carbon tax Exiting lawmakers jockey for K Street perch MORE (R-Pa.); and former Obama administration official Andy Kim, who’s challenging Rep. Tom MacArthurThomas (Tom) Charles MacArthur 10 things we learned from the midterms New Jersey New Members 2019 On The Money: Trump, Senate leaders to huddle on border wall funding | Fed bank regulator walks tightrope on Dodd-Frank | Koch-backed groups blast incentives for corporations after Amazon deal MORE (R-N.J.).

All three seats are seen as competitive, though MacArthur’s seat will be more of a reach for Democrats since President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE carried it by 6 points in 2016. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Exclusive: Biden almost certain to enter 2020 race MORE won Costello’s district by nearly 10 points and lost Rosen’s by only 1 point.

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The wave of endorsements come as Biden has been stepping up his presence on the campaign trail for red-state Democrats and considers a 2020 presidential bid.

The former vice president endorsed and stumped for Democrat Conor Lamb in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th District. Lamb has declared victory and has a 627-vote lead, but not all media outlets have called the race.

Biden’s ability to connect with rural and working-class voters could help Democrats compete in districts and states that are more favorable for Republicans. Democrats need to win 24 seats in 2018 in order to take back the House.

And campaigning for Democratic candidates will give Biden a platform as he tests the waters for a potential presidential run. Biden is seen as a top contender if he decides to get in, but will likely face a crowded primary of Democrats wanting to take on Trump.