Beto O'Rourke endorses Biden

Beto O'Rourke endorses Biden
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Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas), who dropped out of the presidential race in November, on Monday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE's 2020 White House bid while appearing alongside him at a campaign rally in Dallas. 

The move comes as a host of Democrats work to position Biden as the moderate alternative to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.), the self-identified democratic socialist who has emerged as the front-runner to win the Democratic nomination. 

"Tomorrow, March 3, 2020, I will be casting my ballot for Joe Biden," O'Rourke said on the eve of Super Tuesday. "We need somebody who can beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE. The man in the White House today poses an existential threat to this country, to our democracy, to free and fair elections. And we need somebody who can beat him. And in Joe Biden we have someone who is the antithesis of Donald Trump."

The remarks from O'Rourke arrived on a night in which Biden earned endorsements from three of his former Democratic primary opponents. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.) visited Dallas on Monday and voiced their support for the former vice president after bowing out of the race. 

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Their exits came after Biden scored a lopsided victory in a South Carolina primary that has appeared to jolt his once-stalled campaign. The win in the state led to a boost in fundraising and newfound optimism among some in the Democratic Party that he could serve as a viable threat to Sanders's candidacy.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious' Obama calls filibuster 'Jim Crow relic,' backs new Voting Rights Act bill MORE (D-Nev.) and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice were two of several prominent Democratic figures to endorse Biden following the primary win. 

O'Rourke, who suspended his campaign last year in part due to fundraising struggles, extolled Biden as someone who can "bring us together and heal us," describing him as "decent, kind, caring, empathetic." He also called Biden the person that could reestablish the "moral authority" of the U.S. both domestically and abroad. 

Sanders solidified himself as the front-runner to win the Democratic presidential nomination after victories in Nevada and New Hampshire and a virtual tie with Buttigieg in Iowa. Recent polls have showed him with a large advantage over Biden in some of the key Super Tuesday states, including Texas and California. 

UPDATED 10:32 p.m.