Biden endorsed by four more members of Congressional Black Caucus

Biden endorsed by four more members of Congressional Black Caucus
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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 added four new endorsements from members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday, bolstering his support among the key congressional group.

Democratic Reps. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonDemocrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Clinton advises checking your voter registration during Trump's State of the Union Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley to boycott State of the Union MORE (Fla.), Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden endorsed by four more members of Congressional Black Caucus The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Dramatic day as House heads toward impeachment vote MORE (Fla.), Sanford Bishop (Ga.) and Donald Payne (N.J.) joined 11 other members of the CBC in backing Biden, bringing the total number of endorsements from the group for the former vice president to 15.

No other 2020 candidate has garnered more than one endorsement from the body, which holds a sizable amount of sway in Washington.

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The lawmakers cited Biden’s electability against President 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 and his experience during his eight years in the Obama administration when explaining their endorsements. 

“This election is about the future of our country and making sure that our children inherit a country that works for all of us. Our candidate needs to have the strength to beat Donald Trump and the heart to bring this country together, for the sake of our children. That is why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States, a leader that I know will put our families and children first,” said Wilson.

“Joe Biden has the experience, vision, and heart to reunify our country after four years of Donald Trump. I’ve known Joe for years. I know that he is ready to take on the job as Commander-in-Chief on day one,” added Hastings.

The endorsements bring the total number of members of Congress endorsing Biden to 36.

The announcement of the endorsements comes the same day that Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushHouse to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MLB, Congress play hardball in fight over minor leagues Democrats praise Romney for breaking with GOP on convicting Trump MORE (D-Ill.), another CBC member, announced his endorsement for former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergPoll: 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 in the Democratic White House race.

Biden has often touted his strong support among African American lawmakers and voters during his campaign, hoping support among the crucial voting bloc could serve as a firewall in several Southern states with heavily black primary electorates. 

Forty-eight percent of Democratic-leaning black voters said Biden is their first choice in the primary race in a Washington Post-Ipsos national poll released earlier this month, with many citing his tenure as former President Obama’s vice president. Another 20 percent 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.) is their first choice, while no other candidate broke double digits in the poll.