Fellow moderates join Buttigieg in endorsing ex-vice-president before Super Tuesday in bid to unify against Sanders
With just hours to go before Super Tuesday, the moderate wing of the Democratic party attempted to unite as a group of former candidates flocked to Texas and endorsed Joe Biden over his main rival, the progressive frontrunner Bernie Sanders.
At a raucous campaign rally in Dallas, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke offered their backing to the former vice-president. Hours earlier, outside a fast food restaurant in the same city, Pete Buttigieg also offered his endorsement.
Super Tuesday, which sees 14 states and two other constituencies weigh in on the Democratic primary, marks a crucial juncture in the race for the presidential nomination. There are more than 1,300 delegates up for grabs, over a third of the entire tally in the election, with the race now widely viewed as a battle between Biden and Sanders, with the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and the billionaire Mike Bloomberg lagging behind.
Sanders holds a strong lead over Biden and Warren in the delegate-heavy state of California, but the race in Texas, which offers the second-largest delegate haul, is much closer, along with other battles in North Carolina and Virginia, where polls suggest Biden has a slight lead and Bloomberg remains competitive.
Klobuchar and Buttigieg’s last-minute exits from the race present further unknowns going into the vote, and their endorsements of Biden, a fellow centrist Democrat, provide a major boost to his campaign.
Klobuchar, having ended her presidential run hours earlier, appeared on stage with Biden in front of a packed crowd. “I couldn’t think of a better way to end my campaign than joining his,” she said, her voice cracking, as she paid tribute to her campaign staff. She urged the Democratic party to unite around him.
“We need to unite our party and our country and to do it not just with our words, but with our actions,” she said.