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Biden says he will compete 'every step of the way' regardless of Iowa results

Biden says he will compete 'every step of the way' regardless of Iowa results
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE said he will continue his White House bid regardless of the results of Monday’s crucial Iowa caucuses.

In an email to supporters, Biden downplayed the Hawkeye State’s nominating contest, saying it is “one of many steps to go” and is “just the start” of the primary season.

“Whatever happens tonight, I intend to compete every step of the way and fight for every one of your votes,” Biden said.

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Biden’s camp has worked to lower expectations for his showing in Iowa heading into Monday’s caucuses as it faces off against a crowded primary field, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Progressives' majority delusions politically costly Sinema pushes back on criticism of her vote against minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.), who has enjoyed a surge in state polling.

“Most [aides] feel it’s not going to be great,” one longtime Biden ally who has had conversations with top aides inside the campaign told The Hill Monday.

Biden’s aides and allies have said they hope for a top-three finish. However, a Biden confidant added that the campaign “is built for the long haul” if it falls short.

The former vice president is still widely considered a frontrunner in the field, topping many national surveys and polling strongly in states like South Carolina and several Super Tuesday states with more diverse electorates. 

Biden has particularly been buoyed by strong support from African American voters, which other top-tier candidates have struggled to dent. 

Biden touted his base of support in the email, saying the diversity of his backers made him well-situated to defeat President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE in the general election. 

“[H]ere’s the deal, we can’t win the battle for the soul of this nation without a diverse coalition of Americans,” he said. “And together, we are building the broad, deep, diverse coalition of support that Democrats will need next November to beat Trump.”