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Biden campaign rolls out endorsements from half a dozen Iowa mayors

Biden campaign rolls out endorsements from half a dozen Iowa mayors

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE's presidential campaign on Friday announced endorsements from half a dozen mayors in Iowa. 

Ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, the campaign announced a total of 10 new endorsements in a statement, including six current mayors, a former mayor, two city council members and a sheriff. 

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“Iowans know that Joe Biden is the strongest candidate to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE next November, and that’s why leaders from across the state are coming forward to proudly show their support,” the campaign's Iowa state director, Jake Braun, said in a statement.

“From standing up for the middle class to combating climate change, Joe has a proven record of turning progressive ideas into real results that Iowans and Iowa leaders are excited about.”

The endorsements come as Biden has consistently polled at the top of the crowded Democratic field nationally, but has struggled in recent Iowa polls. 

Polling aggregate site RealClearPolitics puts him in fourth in the early caucus state, trailing Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE (D-Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE (D) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Trump's debate performance was too little, too late Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit MORE (I-Vt.). The site has Biden in first place in national polls. 

Biden has defended his standing in the state, saying he plans on "doing very well."

The Iowa caucuses, the first 2020 nomination contest, will take place on Feb. 3.