Biden campaign unveils first Iowa endorsements

Biden campaign unveils first Iowa endorsements
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Joe BidenJoe BidenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE’s 2020 presidential campaign unveiled its first slate of Iowa endorsements as the former vice president seeks to gin up support in the crucial early caucus state. 

The endorsements, from eight political and community leaders across Iowa, come during a two-day campaign swing through the Hawkeye State and amid increased scrutiny of Biden’s presence in Iowa, which has lagged behind that of other candidates. 

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“Today’s endorsements are invaluable additions to the robust campaign Vice President Biden is building in Iowa,” said Jake Braun, Biden’s Iowa State Director. “These are influential political and community leaders, all of whom are ready to work by Joe Biden’s side to change the course of this country – fighting for the soul of our nation, rebuilding an inclusive middle class, and unifying America.”  

Among those endorsing Biden are state Rep. Bruce Hunter (D), state Sen. Jim Lykam (D), Polk County Treasurer Mary Maloney and more. 

Biden has emerged as the crowded Democratic primary’s pacesetter, topping every national poll since he launched his presidential bid in April and raking in millions of dollars in campaign donations. 

However, Iowa Democrats have urged Biden to spend more time in the state to avoid ceding state support to his nearly two dozen primary competitors. 

“Biden may be polling a little ahead at this point, but other candidates are working harder and engaging the voters,” JoAnn Hardy, who heads the Cerro Gordo County Democratic Party, told The Hill. “Biden is in danger of being lapped.”

“I get the feeling that much of his strategy so far is resting on his laurels, which can only go so far in the face of exciting candidates who are actually putting in the face time,” added Brian Bruening, chairman of the Clayton County Democratic Party. 

Biden has held eight events in Iowa over four days, falling behind appearances by other major Democratic 2020 contenders. Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Steve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination We need a climate plan for agriculture MORE (D-N.J.) have appeared at over 30 events each, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Bernie Sanders vows to go to 'war with white nationalism and racism' as president Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' MORE (I-Vt.) has held 27 events and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate MORE (D-Calif.) has held 21.

While Biden still holds a double-digit lead over all other Democrats in Iowa polling, a Des Moines Register-CNN survey conducted last week showed his lead slip from 32 points in December to 24 points.