Biden endorsed by former Connecticut senator, 51 Massachusetts leaders

Biden endorsed by former Connecticut senator, 51 Massachusetts leaders
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE has received endorsements from former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and 51 Massachusetts leaders for his 2020 White House bid, Biden's campaign announced Friday.

Dodd, who represented Connecticut in the Senate for three decades, touted his former colleague as a “talented legislator” and “skilled statesman” who is “admired and respected by his Senate colleagues, world leaders, and the American people.”

“Because I know him, because I have worked alongside him, because I believe in his demonstrated leadership, his ability to attract talented people to his cause, and because I deeply believe he can win the support of all Americans from all sectors of our country and defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE, I am supporting my good friend, Joe Biden, for President of the United States,” Dodd said in a statement released by Biden's campaign.

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In addition to Dodd’s endorsement, the campaign said in a separate announcement Friday that 51 current and former elected officials on different levels of government across Massachusetts are backing Biden in the primary.

One of Biden’s leading opponents in the primary, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey MORE, represents Massachusetts in the Senate, and the new round of announced endorsements comes on the heels of the latest Democratic primary debate held Tuesday night in Ohio.

The 51 new Massachusetts endorsements add to Biden’s backing from Rep. Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Election security, ransomware dominate cyber concerns for 2020 Hillicon Valley: Groups file appeal over net neutrality ruling | Lawmakers raise concerns over foreign apps | Payroll data stolen from Facebook MORE (D-Mass.), who has represented Boston and its southern suburbs for nearly two decades. Lynch supported Biden since he launched his campaign earlier this year, the campaign said. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Buttigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden MORE (I-Vt.), another top candidate in the race, also received the backing of at least one high-profile progressive House Democrat following the debate Tuesday.

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Minn.) announced her support for Sanders following the debate, while saying that fellow progressive freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Mich.) are "on board too."