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Centrist Democrat comes out for Biden in Michigan

Centrist Democrat comes out for Biden in Michigan
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE won the endorsement of Michigan Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinBickering Democrats return with divisions Questions swirl at Pentagon after wave of departures Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D) ahead of the Wolverine State’s primary Tuesday.

Slotkin, a centrist lawmaker who flipped a Republican-held district in 2018, said she voted for Biden early precisely because of his moderation, which she said was appealing to her constituents.

“Today, I filled out my absentee ballot for Joe Biden. I did so for a host of reasons, but most importantly because I hear from my constituents every day that they want an end to the all-or-nothing politics that have so polarized our country,” she said in a statement.

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“In Michigan, we have a rich tradition of hard work, decency, and passionate pragmatism. That is what is expected of us in our lives, and that is what I believe we need from our elected leaders. That is why I support Joe Biden,” she added.

The endorsement comes ahead of Michigan’s primary next week against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Sanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal MORE (I-Vt.), who narrowly won the state in 2016 over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE

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Biden, who backed Slotkin's 2018 bid, has racked up endorsements from a slate of Michigan establishment figures, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. 

The Wolverine State’s primary, which will allocate 125 delegates and is the biggest state out of the six casting ballots on Tuesday, will be a crucial test of both Biden’s and Sanders’s support among white working class voters in a state that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE flipped four years ago. 

Biden enters the race with the wind at his back after a nearly 30-point win in South Carolina’s primary Saturday and victories in 10 out of 14 Super Tuesday states. The winning streak helped cement his hold over the primary field’s centrist lane and led to an avalanche of endorsements from high-profile Democrats. 

Sanders, meanwhile, won California, Colorado, Utah and his home state of Vermont on Super Tuesday.