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 DemingsFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response Demings slams GOP coronavirus relief bill: Americans 'deserve more than the crumbs from the table' MORE (D) on Thursday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Democratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle 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 TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests 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 BloombergDemocratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote Top Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation MORE, who has since dropped out of the race, at 25 percent support. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOutrage erupts over Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling Dimon: Wealth tax 'almost impossible to do' Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death 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 KusterPelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief MORE (D), who chaired Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice Hillicon Valley: FBI, DHS warn that foreign hackers will likely spread disinformation around election results | Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day | Trump to meet with Republican state officials on tech liability shield 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 BrownPelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle Democrats demand Esper explicitly ban Confederate flag and allow Pride, Native Nations flags Trump tweets key GOP lawmaker has committed to not changing Confederate base names MORE (D) also endorsed Biden.