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Biden endorsed by more than one-third of Florida Dem state legislators

Biden endorsed by more than one-third of Florida Dem state legislators
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE was endorsed on Friday by 23 members of the Florida Legislature, all Democrats, in an early move that signals an aggressive play by the Biden campaign for the state's Democratic presidential primary.

Politico reported Friday that the nearly two dozen Florida Democrats led by state Rep. Joe Geller represent the first endorsements by Florida state lawmakers in the 2020 Democratic primary.

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“It’s a diverse list of supporters that without question shows his support here,” Geller said, according to Politico. “Not only do I think he can win, but I think he can unite the factions of the Democratic Party.”

Geller reportedly began compiling the list weeks before Biden announced his candidacy last week, when the vice president ended months of speculation about his 2020 plans and officially entered the race, vaulting to the top of a crowded primary field.

The lawmakers are joined by former Florida Rep. Patrick MurphyPatrick Erin MurphyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Mast fends off Democratic challenge to retain Florida House seat Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Indian reservation MORE (D), who has also endorsed Biden in his primary bid.

Biden's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment on the endorsements.

Recent polls show the former vice president leading his more than 20 challengers in the Democratic primary, including his closest rival, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale On The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (I-Vt.), by double digits.