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 DemingsPress: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US death toll nears 100,000 as country grapples with reopening Demings 'concerned' over theme park openings in Florida MORE (D) on Thursday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE'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 Biden'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 John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally 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 BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE, who has since dropped out of the race, at 25 percent support. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP funds Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel 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 KusterHHS chief suggests workers are to blame for COVID outbreaks at meatpacking plants Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings endorses Biden ahead of Florida primary Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements MORE (D), who chaired Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race 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 lobby Biden on VP choice Democrats try to force McConnell's hand on coronavirus aid Aides expect Schumer, Mnuchin to reach deal on coronavirus relief MORE (D) also endorsed Biden.