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 BidenCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Biden to host 'virtual fireside chat' with donors Esper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander 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 TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' 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 WarrenMomentum grows to change medical supply chain from China Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Democrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog MORE (D-Mass.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE (D) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Cuomo's been good, but he's not going to be the Democratic nominee Does Joe Biden really want to be president? 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.