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Biden wins early state endorsements, including black leaders

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FILE – In this June 17, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in Washington. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs finds majorities of Democratic voters saying gender, race and age make no difference in their enthusiasm about a candidate. Instead, Democratic voters are overwhelmingly looking for experience in elected office. Twenty-five candidates are running for the party’s nomination and include several women, a Latino, multiple candidates of African and Asian descent, and a 37-year-old gay man less than half the age of the 76-year-old early front-runner, Biden. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announced a new round of endorsements on Tuesday as the former vice president tries to bolster his status as the Democrats’ presidential front-runner. He heralded support from four South Carolina state legislators, including two African Americans, Rep. Carl Anderson and Sen. Kevin Johnson.

Their backing comes as Biden faces criticism from rival Democratic candidates for recent comments in which said the Senate “got things done” with “civility” even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. Biden and others are competing aggressively for an edge with black voters who make up a majority of the Democratic primary electorate in South Carolina, home of the first Southern primary in 2020.

Biden also won endorsements from half a dozen Democratic figures from eastern Iowa, including four former city, county and union officials, in the first-voting caucus state.

His campaign also listed support from five state legislators and union officials from Utah and 11 current and former Democratic officials in Arizona.

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