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 BidenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic 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 MurphyBipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year First Iraq vet to serve in Congress endorses Buttigieg Sen King, Rep Gallagher to chair bipartisan commission to defend US in cyberspace 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 SandersGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (I-Vt.), by double digits.