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Nevada congresswoman endorses Biden in 2020 race

Nevada congresswoman endorses Biden in 2020 race

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE on Monday picked up a congressional endorsement in the 2020 presidential primary race.

Nevada Rep. Dina TitusAlice (Dina) Costandina TitusHouse Democrats introduce bill to address diversity at State Department Coordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' MORE (D), touting herself and Biden as progressives, announced the endorsement on Twitter.

“Today, I’m proud to announce my endorsement of Joe Biden for President. I’m a proud progressive champion and I believe that nominating Joe gives us the best chance to enact the progressive reforms that our country desperately needs,” Titus said in a statement shared on Twitter and by the Biden campaign. 

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Titus, seemingly referencing Biden’s years serving in the Obama administration, said he won’t need any “on-the-job training.”

“I told my constituents that I would speak up about this race once I reached a decision about who will be our strongest nominee. Now I am making good on that promise. I’m excited to campaign for Joe Biden in Nevada and across the country,” she added. 

The Nevada Democratic caucuses will be held on Feb. 22, 2020. Nevada will be the third state to vote on a Democratic nominee, following Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively.

A RealClearPolitics average of Nevada Democratic polls has Biden leading in the state by 9 points with 29 percent support. His closest competitor is Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenForgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting trillion Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (D-Mass.) at 20 percent, closely followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBernie Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for 'no more police' Briahna Joy Gray: IRS needs proper enforcement mechanisms to tax wealthy Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (I-Vt.) less than half a point away from Warren, according to the average. 

But recent polls of Iowa and New Hampshire Democrats have depicted a closer race between Biden, Sanders, Warren and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhite House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' MORE