Biden wins endorsement of key Nevada lawmaker

Biden wins endorsement of key Nevada lawmaker
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Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen 16 things to know today about coronavirus MORE won the endorsement of Rep. Steven HorsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordBiden wins endorsement of key Nevada lawmaker Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Democrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill MORE (D-Nev.) Friday as the former vice president’s 2020 campaign works to bolster its chances ahead of Nevada’s caucuses next week.

Horsford, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the only black member of Nevada’s congressional delegation, said he’s backing Biden in part due to his experience in the Obama administration.

“I’ll be supporting Joe Biden for President,” Horsford, the 18th CBC member to back Biden, said in a statement. “He is ready to do the job of president on day one. And Joe knows Nevada. He campaigned with and served alongside Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump touts 'friendly' conversation with Biden Biden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast History's lessons for Donald Trump MORE during the 8 years of his successful, scandal-free presidency.” 

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Horsford went on to list a string of priorities that Biden championed, including passing the Affordable Care Act, stabilizing the economy in 2008 and sponsoring the Violence Against Women Act.

The endorsement comes at a crucial time for Biden, who is hoping to put up a strong showing in Nevada after disappointing fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the Iowa and New Hampshire nominating contests, respectively.

Biden has dismissed concerns over his poor showings in the first two states, noting that both are overwhelmingly white, while states like Nevada and South Carolina, which are heavily Hispanic and black, are more representative of the Democratic Party’s base.

“While there’s so much attention on Iowa and New Hampshire as the first two early presidential states, Nevada best reflects the face of America, who we are today and who we will continue to be in the years to come,” said Horsford.

However, Biden has seen his lead slipping in Nevada since the results from Iowa and New Hampshire, with a new poll today showing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.) leapfrogging the former vice president there.