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 BidenTucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Joe Biden wins New Jersey primary Biden wins Delaware primary MORE won the endorsement of Michigan Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinWill Congress finally address toxic 'forever chemicals?' Overnight Defense: Trump's move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd's death 'a national tragedy' Democrats blast Trump's use of military against protests 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 SandersJoe Biden wins New Jersey primary Biden wins Delaware primary Military madness in the age of COVID-19 MORE (I-Vt.), who narrowly won the state in 2016 over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSusan Collins signals she won't campaign against Biden Cuccinelli says rule forcing international students to return home will 'encourage schools to reopen' Clinton labels ICE decision on international students 'cruel' and 'unnecessary' 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 TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' 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.