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Georgia 2020: Biden picks up more support from local lawmakers

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t slowed the increasing number of Georgia Democrats endorsing Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency.

Six more local lawmakers said Friday they’re supporting the presumptive nominee’s campaign, including two metro Atlanta state legislators, three county commissioners and an Atlanta city councilman.

“If the crisis we are currently living through has taught us anything, it’s how much we need Joe Biden’s experience and empathetic leadership in the White House,” said Emily Davis, a commissioner in Baldwin County, one of Georgia’s most politically competitive areas.

State Rep. David Dreyer, D-Atlanta, also nodded to the pandemic that’s sickened thousands of Georgians in his endorsement of the former vice president over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“Now, more than ever, we need Joe Biden’s determined leadership,” said Dreyer. His resilience, compassion, and unique ability to build consensus are the exact qualities we need in order to tackle the urgent issues we are facing today.”

They join dozens of Georgia Democratic officials who have endorsed Biden in recent weeks, following blowout victories in South Carolina and a string of coast-to-coast contests that have given him a nearly unassailable delegate lead.

Long before Super Tuesday, Biden had amassed far more endorsements than any other White House hopeful in Georgia, a collection of supporters that includes Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsU.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland and dozens of influential state legislators.

But more politicians rallied to him last month as party leaders worried the Vermont senator could bring lasting damage to down-ballot candidates.

Sanders, who was trounced in Georgia in 2016, trails Biden badly in recent polls. But it's not yet certain when the presidential primary will be held.

The state's March vote was pushed back to May because of the pandemic and a growing number of Republicans are calling for another delay.

Here is the full list of Friday’s endorsements:

  • Baldwin County Commissioner Emily Davis
  • Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens
  • State Representative David Dreyer
  • Dekalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson
  • Dekalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran Johnson
  • State Representative Josh McLaurin

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