Biden nabs endorsement from Iowa Democrat in swing district

Biden nabs endorsement from Iowa Democrat in swing district
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Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) is backing Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE's White House bid, giving the former vice president a sought-after endorsement and becoming the second member of Iowa's congressional delegation to back him ahead of the state's caucuses.

Axne is a moderate freshman lawmaker who flipped a GOP-held district in the 2018 midterms, helping Democrats retake the House. She said she is backing Biden because she believes he can unify the country and defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE in November.

“As a former businesswoman who represents a swing district in Iowa, I believe we need a Democratic nominee who not only has the vision to rebuild our alliances and strengthen our middle class, but who can win in November - which is why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President,” Axne said in a statement released by Biden’s campaign.

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“Joe is a man of honor and dignity, who has the strength and courage to bring people together and deliver results for working families across Iowa and the country. He is someone who appeals not only to Democrats, but to independents and Republicans as well,” she added. 

The endorsement comes just more than a week before the crucial Iowa caucuses, where Biden is hoping to win over the same moderate voters who sent Axne to Washington in 2018.

Axne joins Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Buttigieg, Sanders ahead in Iowa debacle Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Biden announces statewide bus tour ahead of Iowa caucuses MORE (D-Iowa), another freshman who flipped a Republican district in the midterms, in backing Biden.

Both women represent swing districts that are rated toss-ups by The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper.

Biden’s campaign has worked hard to win the endorsements of high-profile Iowa figures, including Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, a former Iowa governor and onetime U.S. secretary of Agriculture, his wife, Christie Vilsack, and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller (D), among others. 

Biden is making his final pitch to Iowa voters in the days leading up to the caucuses, barnstorming the Hawkeye State this weekend with Finkenauer and freshman Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.) and Colin Allred (Texas), two other front-line lawmakers who also flipped Republican districts in 2018.

Polling shows a tightly packed top tier in Iowa, with the RealClearPolitics average showing Biden with a slim lead over Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE