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 BidenOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims The Memo: Scale of economic crisis sends shudders through nation The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention 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 SandersHuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Schumer: Administration 'must move heaven and earth' to implement new unemployment benefits Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search 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 John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders 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.”