WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Former vice president Joe Biden bagged key endorsements from his former rivals on the eve of the critical Super Tuesday contests.
- Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke endorsed Biden all on the same night.
- Biden’s crucial win in South Carolina set off a wave of support that was put on display on Monday night.
Joe Biden had the best eve heading into the critical Super Tuesday contests, when voters in 14 states and one US territory will decide about one-third of all pledged delegates.
The former vice president has bagged key endorsements from his former rivals: former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Biden will benefit a lot from the endorsements especially in the two states of Minnesota, Klobuchar’s home state, and Texas, O’Rourke’s home state, which will be voting on Tuesday.
Buttigieg, who dropped out of the presidential race on Sunday night, praised Biden as a political figure “who will draw out what is best in each of us.”
Buttigieg said that defeating President Donald Trump “was always a goal that was much bigger than me becoming President. And it is in the name of that very same goal that I am delighted to endorse and support Joe Biden for president of the United States.”
Klobuchar made her endorsement later in the night at a rally near downtown Dallas.
Klobuchar declared, “We need to unite our party and our country and to do it not just with our words but with our actions. I believe we can do this together. And that is why, today, I am ending my campaign and endorsing Joe Biden.”
Klobuchar praised the former vice president as someone who can “bring our country together and build that coalition of our fired-up Democratic base.”
She continued, “We do not in our party want to just eke by a victory. We want to win big. And Joe Biden can do that.”
Biden slipped O’Rourke’s endorsement into the end of his event when he introduced him as “one more person I want to thank, a man who electrified this state and nation.”
O’Rourke declared, “We need someone who can beat Donald Trump. And in Joe Biden we have that man.”
Biden’s crucial win in South Carolina on Saturday night had pressured his under-performing rivals to drop out of the presidential race.
He won roughly three out of five black voters and a nearly 29-point margin over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
But it still remains to be seen whether Biden can carry that momentum into Super Tuesday and garner similar support in other states.
His South Carolina win set off a wave of support that was put on display on Monday in his Dallas event, when he had Klobuchar, O’Rourke, and his local endorsements all on-stage together. He cheered, “Let’s get the whole team. This is a team!”