Harry Reid: 'People should not be counting Joe Biden out of the race yet'

Harry Reid: 'People should not be counting Joe Biden out of the race yet'

Former Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP embraces big stimulus after years of decrying it Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate Winners and losers from Super Tuesday MORE (D-Nev.) said that Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE should not be counted out of the 2020 White House race, despite his weak showings in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, predicting the former vice president would do well in more diverse states.

“Iowa and New Hampshire are not representative of the country. He’s going to do well in Nevada, he’s going to do extremely well in South Carolina. So, people should not be counting Joe Biden out of the race yet,” Reid, who still wields considerable influence in Nevada after his 2016 retirement, told The Associated Press.

Reid also said numerous candidates had reached out to him for advice, but would not say whether he had advised any to drop out.

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“The only advice I give anyone is if they call me, I’m as candid with them as I can be. And I don’t always tell them what they want to hear,” Reid said.

Reid cautioned against writing any candidates off based on any one-time snapshot of the race, citing Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots MORE’s (D-Minn.) third-place finish in New Hampshire after two strong debate performances.

“People kept saying, ‘Why is she in the race?’” Reid noted.

Reid, who has not made an endorsement in the race, said it was doubtful that the Democratic Party would nominate a candidate at a brokered convention, with no candidate going into the convention with the required majority of delegates.

The former Senate majority leader also offered praise for former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE, who is skipping the Nevada caucuses to concentrate on Super Tuesday states.

“He was a good mayor. No one in the country—no one—has done more on guns and climate than Mayor Bloomberg. So I like Mayor Bloomberg a great deal,” Reid told the AP.