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Biden snags 4 more Michigan endorsements

By: - September 12, 2019 2:02 pm

Joe Biden at the NAACP forum | Andrew Roth

Former Vice President Joe Biden has landed four more Michigan endorsements ahead of the third Democratic presidential debate that kicks off Thursday night in Houston.

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Biden, who leads in the polls, rolled out the four Michigan lawmakers as part of a list of 59 African American officials endorsing his campaign. They are state Sen. Marshall Bullock (D-Detroit), state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) state Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) and state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit).

“We are building a diverse coalition to create a path to the nomination that runs through the early states, Super Tuesday, and beyond. We are honored to have the support of these respected leaders from across the country who are helping us assemble the strongest campaign in the country,” said Biden Campaign Manager Greg Schultz.

Biden already has been endorsed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The debate will feature Biden, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and businessman Andrew Yang.

The second round of debates took place in Detroit and featured 20 contenders.

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