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Biden wins endorsement of key Nevada lawmaker

Biden wins endorsement of key Nevada lawmaker
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Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE won the endorsement of Rep. Steven HorsfordSteven Alexander HorsfordNevada Democrat Steven Horsford wins reelection The robbing of a wildlife refuge in Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford wins Democratic House primary in Nevada 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 ObamaFive things to know about Antony Blinken, Biden's pick for State Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' Texas warehouse where migrants housed in 'cages' closed for humane renovation 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 SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere MORE (I-Vt.) leapfrogging the former vice president there.