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Feinstein officially endorses Biden: 'I've seen firsthand his legislative ability'

Feinstein officially endorses Biden: 'I've seen firsthand his legislative ability'
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein Youth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover MORE endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president Tuesday, making official what the California Democrat has been hinting at for months. 

Feinstein, who served with Biden in the Senate for years, praised the former vice president, saying she’s had a first-person perspective of his political capabilities and specifically citing his support for gun control measures.

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“I’ve worked closely with Vice President BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE and I’ve seen firsthand his legislative ability, his statesmanship, and most importantly his moral fortitude,” Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday. “During his time in Congress and in the White House, Joe Biden has been a tireless fighter for hardworking American families.” 

The California Democrat added that she believes Biden can “deliver real solutions” in a Congress “dominated by ideological polarization.”

The endorsement, which notably did not go to fellow California Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisA call to action for strategic space competition with China Old-guard Democrats must end the filibuster and symbolic progress Biden job approval at 43 percent in Iowa: poll MORE (D), is far from a surprise. Feinstein has released statements praising Biden for months and hosted a fundraiser for him at her San Francisco home last week.

But it comes amid uncertainty for Biden’s campaign as the former vice president sees Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate to vote on elections bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Progressives fear nightmare scenario over voting rights assault MORE (D-Mass.) surpass him in a handful of national and statewide polls.

A recent poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California showed Biden in a virtual three-way tie with Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.) in the Golden State.