Governor Raimondo endorses Joe Biden

Governor Gina Raimondo announced on Wednesday that she is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for President. 
Gina Raimondo

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Governor Gina Raimondo announced on Wednesday that she is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for President.

This endorsement comes after Mike Bloomberg, whom she originally endorsed for the presidency, had a poor Super Tuesday showing and announced the suspension of his campaign just hours before Raimondo’s announcement.

The Governor also went on to say that she does not regret her original endorsement of Mike Bloomberg.

“[Bloomberg] and I are going to throw

our full support behind Vice President Biden. I am thrilled actually that the vice president had such a great day yesterday,” Raimondo told reporters Wednesday. “We have to be practical, we have to be serious, we have to keep our eye on the prize which is defeating President Trump.”

Raimondo originally thought Bloomberg had the best chance to reclaim the White House, during an event with the former New York City mayor in Providence.

“I have enormous respect for Mike Bloomberg. He was a fantastic mayor, he’s a dear friend. But he did the right thing,” she said.

As for what this endorsement means, it’s not as significant as Raimondo’s endorsement for Bloomberg, according to Kay Israel, associate professor emeritus at Rhode Island College.

Israel said it meant much more for Bloomberg’s campaign.

“He was looking for anything he could to show the legitimacy of his candidacy,” Israel said. ” I mean Bloomberg came into it late he didn’t see that many congresspeople or senators or party chairs endorsing him.”

Joe Biden won 9 of the Super Tuesday states: Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.

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