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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 DemingsHouse Judiciary split on how to address domestic extremism Demings on possible Senate, Florida governor run: 'I'm keeping that door open' Lawmakers remember actress Cicely Tyson 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 BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' 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 TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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 BloombergDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison On The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race MORE, who has since dropped out of the race, at 25 percent support. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst 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 KusterThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Pelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle MORE (D), who chaired Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work 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 BrownCongressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Lawmakers move to oust extremists from military Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack MORE (D) also endorsed Biden.