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Beto O'Rourke endorses Biden

Beto O'Rourke endorses Biden
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Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE (D-Texas), who dropped out of the presidential race in November, on Monday endorsed former Vice President 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'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 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.), 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 TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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 Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation 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 ReidFeinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Whitehouse says Democratic caucus will decide future of Judiciary Committee Bottom line 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.