Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings endorses Biden ahead of Florida primary

Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings endorses Biden ahead of Florida primary
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Florida Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE (D) on Thursday endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden's White House bid ahead of the Sunshine State's Democratic primary on March 17. 

"America is always at its best when people have the opportunity to succeed and we have leaders who understand that. That's why I am so proud to endorse Joe Biden for the next president of the United States," Demings told CNN's "New Day."

"If we look at Vice President BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE's record, he has been there in the trenches fighting for those things that are important to the American people," she continued. "So I'm excited about this opportunity. I'm excited about the upcoming primary in Florida, and let's get this done." 

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Demings served as a House manager in the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE. Prior to serving in Congress, she was the first woman to hold the position of chief of the Orlando Police Department. 

Demings represents the state's 10th Congressional District, which spans from the Gulf Coast to parts of Central Florida.

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There are 248 delegates at stake in Florida's primary. A survey released by St. Pete Polls late last month showed Biden with 35 percent support in the state, followed by former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWhy Democrats' .5 trillion reconciliation bill is a losing game Democrats must win big on health care to have a shot in the midterms Stacey Abrams PAC tops 0 million raised MORE, who has since dropped out of the race, at 25 percent support. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.) had 13 percent support. 

Demings's announcement is the latest in a slew of congressional endorsements for the former president after his momentous showing on Super Tuesday, when he won 10 states. 

New Hampshire Rep. Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Man charged in Capitol riot says he's running for Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day MORE (D), who chaired Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary The Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries MORE's presidential campaign before the former South Bend, Ind., major dropped out of the race, threw her support behind Biden on Thursday. Maryland Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownDemocrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street Bottom line House panel to take up 2002 war authorization repeal in 'coming weeks' MORE (D) also endorsed Biden.