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Congressional Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses Biden

Congressional Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses Biden

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s (CHC) campaign arm endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE’s White House bid on Friday, giving the former vice president a boost as he works to expand his appeal among Latino voters.

The endorsement from CHC BOLD PAC comes as Biden steams toward the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination. While he’s gained a virtually insurmountable delegate lead over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw MORE (I-Vt.) with a coalition of white, black and older voters, the former vice president has not polled as highly among Hispanics.

“BOLD PAC is proud to endorse Vice President Joe Biden for President. We know Joe leads with his head and his heart and that on day one he will work to bring Americans together and turn the page on Trump’s divisive and hateful politics,” said Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), chairman of the CHC BOLD PAC.

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The endorsement was made after the political action committee met with several presidential candidates, most of whom have since withdrawn from the race.

In its announcement on Friday, the group cited Biden’s policies of expanding ObamaCare and protecting those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“From expanding access to affordable health care, protecting Medicare and Social Security benefits for our seniors, and fighting for our nation’s DREAMers and 11 million undocumented people, Joe will fight for us,” Cardenas said.

The group's backing is just the latest in a string of endorsements for Biden, who has a roughly 300-delegate lead over Sanders. Establishment party figures and groups have fallen in line behind the former vice president after his recent winning streak set him up to become the party’s presumptive nominee. 

Biden has drawn wide support from white voters and has posted substantial margins among African Americans and seniors. However, he has not had as steady support among Hispanics, whom Sanders won in earlier contests before Biden’s resurgence.

Both Biden and Sanders have made repeated appeals to win Hispanic support, railing against President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE’s hardline immigration policies and casting his rhetoric toward immigrants as “racist.”