Biden nabs endorsement from Iowa Democrat in swing district

Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) is backing 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, giving the former vice president a sought-after endorsement and becoming the second member of Iowa’s congressional delegation to back him ahead of the state’s caucuses.

Axne is a moderate freshman lawmaker who flipped a GOP-held district in the 2018 midterms, helping Democrats retake the House. She said she is backing Biden because she believes he can unify the country and defeat 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 in November.

“As a former businesswoman who represents a swing district in Iowa, I believe we need a Democratic nominee who not only has the vision to rebuild our alliances and strengthen our middle class, but who can win in November – which is why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President,” Axne said in a statement released by Biden’s campaign.

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“Joe is a man of honor and dignity, who has the strength and courage to bring people together and deliver results for working families across Iowa and the country. He is someone who appeals not only to Democrats, but to independents and Republicans as well,” she added. 

The endorsement comes just more than a week before the crucial Iowa caucuses, where Biden is hoping to win over the same moderate voters who sent Axne to Washington in 2018.

Axne joins Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerIowa Republican Ashley Hinson wins House primary Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California The Hill’s Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP MORE (D-Iowa), another freshman who flipped a Republican district in the midterms, in backing Biden.

Both women represent swing districts that are rated toss-ups by The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper.

Biden’s campaign has worked hard to win the endorsements of high-profile Iowa figures, including Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, a former Iowa governor and onetime U.S. secretary of Agriculture, his wife, Christie Vilsack, and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller (D), among others. 

Biden is making his final pitch to Iowa voters in the days leading up to the caucuses, barnstorming the Hawkeye State this weekend with Finkenauer and freshman Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.) and Colin Allred (Texas), two other front-line lawmakers who also flipped Republican districts in 2018.

Polling shows a tightly packed top tier in Iowa, with the RealClearPolitics average showing Biden with a slim lead over Sens. 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.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor 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. 

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