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Duckworth endorses Biden ahead of Super Tuesday

Duckworth endorses Biden ahead of Super Tuesday
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Trump orders troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq | Key Republicans call Trump plan a 'mistake' Top Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D-Ill.) endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE on Monday, building on the former vice president’s support from lawmakers ahead of the crucial Super Tuesday races. 

Duckworth, a combat veteran, lauded Biden as the best candidate to support U.S. troops and veterans. 

“Those of us who've served this nation in uniform understand just how important it is for the commander in chief to have not only the depth of experience needed to protect our country, but also the humility to recognize the magnitude of the sacrifices our troops make on their orders,” Duckworth said in a statement.

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“As a combat veteran and former assistant VA [Veterans Affairs] secretary, I know that Joe Biden won't just pay lip service to those sacrifices, he'll make sure our troops and veterans receive the support, care and respect they've earned.” 

She pitched Biden as an alternative to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE, claiming Biden, unlike the incumbent Republican, has a “proven record” of delivering on promises to “help the little guy and communities of color.”

Duckworth is the seventh senator to back Biden’s candidacy. 

He was previously endorsed by Illinois Reps. Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderElection scrambles prospects for next COVID-19 relief bill Democrats call for IRS to review tax-exempt status of NRA 189 House Democrats urge Israel to 'reconsider' annexation MORE (D) and Danny DavisDaniel (Danny) K. DavisMore than 100 Democrats press Trump to extend jobless benefits Democrats urge Treasury to assist Social Security recipients who miss key coronavirus payment deadline Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people MORE (D). 

Ahead of Super Tuesday, Biden was also raking up endorsements from members of Congress representing the 14 states that will vote Tuesday along with American Samoa. 

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Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarMaloney vows to overhaul a campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Hispanic Caucus endorses Cárdenas to lead DCCC Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' MORE (D-Texas) announced her Biden endorsement Monday, as did Rep. Gil CisnerosGilbert (Gil) Ray CisnerosMORE (D-Calif). Virginia Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonVirginia voter registration website back up after outage on last day to register House advances bill aimed at imports tied to Uighur forced labor This week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda MORE (D) announced her endorsement for Biden on Sunday. 

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) also endorsed Biden on Sunday, after former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly Pavlich: Hollow calls for unity MORE dropped out of the race. Beyer was the first member of Congress to endorse Buttigieg. 

Biden is looking to build on his momentum after winning his first primary Saturday in South Carolina. He could pick up support from some of Buttigieg’s moderate supporters looking for a new candidate to back in the race. 

Biden is heading into Super Tuesday second in terms of number of pledged delegates, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Young voters set turnout record, aiding Biden win MORE (I-Vt.) in the lead, after wins in New Hampshire and Nevada. 

Illinois is not among the 15 races Tuesday. Illinois is scheduled to hold its primary March 17.