Biden picks up key CBC endorsement

A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Joe Biden on Monday, giving the former vice president his sixth endorsement from the influential group.

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Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is backing Biden, citing her “firsthand” view of his “commitment to getting real work done on behalf of all Americans.”

“Now, our nation is at a crossroads,” she said in a statement obtained by POLITICO. “We, more than ever, need a leader who can bring people together and get our country back on the right track. This is why I am proud to endorse my friend, Joe Biden, for president of the United States.”

Johnson chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Her support follows that of fellow CBC members Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Dwight Evans (D-Pa.), Al Lawson (D-Fla.), Donald McEachin (D-Va.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.), a former CBC chairman and Biden’s campaign co-chair.

Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris are neck and neck in endorsements from the 55-member group, though Harris has a slight edge. Freshman Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) became Harris’ seventh endorsement, writing in Essence earlier this month that Harris’ clash with Biden over busing in June’s debate “resonated with me.”

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has one CBC endorsement: New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman.

All three candidates will share the stage on July 31 in Detroit for the second set of debates.

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