Spanberger endorses Biden amid Virginia primary victory

Spanberger endorses Biden amid Virginia primary victory
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Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerConservative group targets Spanberger, Luria in new ads ahead of reconciliation bill Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Meeks on being mistaken for a staffer: 'Glad I still blend in with the cool kids' MORE (D-Va.) endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE for president Tuesday night as the former vice president won Virginia’s primary race. 

Spanberger, a swing district Democrat who flipped a GOP-held seat in 2018, cast Biden as a champion who “will work” for vulnerable Americans. 

“I believe Joe Biden has the empathy, decency, and heart for the American people that we need in the White House, and I am proud to support his candidacy,” Spanberger said in a statement. “Joe has frequently said that our country’s best days lie ahead, and I deeply believe that to be true.”

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“However, I know that our march towards progress must be rooted in a commitment to all Americans, and it requires continued, fearless, and earnest work to create an ever better future for our country, our children, and our grandchildren. I know Joe Biden can lead this charge as President of the United States,” she continued.

Spanberger’s endorsement is the latest in a blitz from establishment Democrats, including in Virginia. Biden has been boosted in Old Dominion by new support from figures like Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - What do Manchin and Sinema want? Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D), former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Democratic Reps. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottDemocrats hit crunch time for passing Biden agenda Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Now is the time to end the subminimum wage for people with disabilities MORE, Jenifer Wexton and Don Beyer.

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The latest endorsement from the frontline Democrat comes as Biden secured a victory in Virginia’s primary, which will allocate a total of 99 pledged delegates and is the fourth-largest Super Tuesday contest.

Biden campaigned for Spanberger in 2018 and has endorsements from five House members and seven senators.

Polling taken before the primary had shown a tight race between Biden, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Democrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' MORE (I-Vt.) and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, though the race was called for the former vice president as soon as polls closed.