Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings endorses Biden ahead of Florida primary

Florida Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Democrats press Intel chief for answers on foreign efforts to exploit US racial tensions MORE (D) on Thursday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook 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 TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in 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 BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE, who has since dropped out of the race, at 25 percent support. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) had 13 percent support. 

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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 KusterChinese tech giants caught up in rising US-China tensions Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation to ensure US can mass-produce COVID-19 vaccine Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE (D), who chaired Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 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 BrownTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Overnight Defense: Trump rejects scrapping Confederate names from Army bases | House chairman ups push for Esper, Milley to testify | Ousted State IG tells lawmakers he doesn’t know status of Pompeo investigations Trump ‘will not even consider’ renaming Army bases named for Confederate leaders MORE (D) also endorsed Biden. 

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