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Terry McAuliffe endorses Biden ahead of Super Tuesday

Terry McAuliffe endorses Biden ahead of Super Tuesday
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE for president on Saturday, days before Virginians vote on Super Tuesday. 

"I'm going to endorse Joe Biden," McAuliffe, a CNN commentator, said on the network following Biden's decisive win in the South Carolina primary. 

"I've thought long and hard about this," he continued. "To me, it's an electability issue — who has the best shot of beating Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE." 

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"I want someone who's going to protect ObamaCare," he said. "I think Joe Biden has the best chance of winning Virginia in the general election. You can't sit on the sidelines, so I'm going to go all-in for Joe Biden." 

McAuliffe also cited Biden's potential positive impact on down-ballot races as a reason for supporting the former vice president in the primary. 

"I worry in Virginia. We've got two new [House] members, Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerDemocrats hesitant to raise taxes amid pandemic What I learned in 19 weeks of working with progressive Democrats The Memo: Ohio Dem says many in party 'can't understand' working-class concerns MORE and Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaChamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Luria holds onto Virginia House seat MORE, in very tough districts," he said. "Joe Biden will be the best person at the top of the ticket to make sure we keep those seats." 

McAuliffe's endorsement comes after Biden scored another notable endorsement from the state's Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week MORE's (D) on Friday. 

The former Virginia governor will join Biden in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday. 

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Virginians will vote in the state's Democratic primary on Tuesday where 99 pledged delegates are at stake. 

Recent polling shows Biden with newfound momentum in the commonwealth. A Wason Center poll released Friday showed Biden leading the Democratic field in the state with 22 percent support. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill NFL's Justin Jackson praises Sanders for opposing Biden's USDA nominee MORE (I-Vt.) trailed with 17 percent support, while former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg came in at 13 percent. 

Sanders and Bloomberg have also made plays in Virginia ahead of Super Tuesday. Bloomberg visited McLean, Va., on Saturday, while Sanders held a rally in the state on Thursday and two on Saturday.