The Major African American Endorsements Biden, Sanders and Bloomberg Have Received Going into Super Tuesday

A dwindled field of Democratic candidates are today going into one of the biggest battles of the primary season: Super Tuesday.

Five contenders will be vying for a third of all pledged delegates on offer across one territory and 14 states, including two of the primary's largest—California and Texas.

Going into the key series of nominating contests, where 1,350 of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the primary are up for grabs, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most delegates under his belt having won in both New Hampshire and Nevada, as this graphic by Statista shows.

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Number of delegates awarded to candidates for Democratic nomination in 2020 presidential election as of March 3. Statista

He is closely followed by former Vice President Joe Biden, who is rivaling the senator in a number of key state polls following his crucial victory in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

Biden won the state by a landslide with 48 percent of the South Carolina primary electorate backing him, and boosting his momentum ahead of Tuesday's contests.

The ex-vice president's victory came thanks in large part to his support among South Carolina's black community, which makes up more than half of the state's Democratic primary electorate. He reportedly won almost two-thirds of votes cast by South Carolina's black primary voters.

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A woman casts her ballot during early voting for the California Democratic Primary in Los Angeles, California on March 2, 2020. Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

As they look to strengthen their campaigns, or secure their survival, the five candidates competing in today's Super Tuesday contests will be hoping to secure support from minority voters in the 14 nominating states, which are more diverse than the United States at large, according to The Washington Post.

Endorsements from community leaders and other major figures are believed to go some way toward helping those efforts—and no less so in Super Tuesday states, where roughly a quarter of their combined populations are Hispanic, and 11 percent are black.

At the time of writing, Biden appears to have significant backing from key black community leaders in Super Tuesday states while Sens. Sanders and Warren (D-Mass.) have also picked up a couple of notable endorsements.

Here is a list of major candidate endorsements from African American community leaders in Super Tuesday states collated by Newsweek using the FiveThirtyEight endorsement primary tracker and other sources:

Joe Biden

  • Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia.
  • Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina.
  • Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama
  • Rep. Marc Veasey of Texas
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas
  • Rep. Donald McEachin of Virginia
  • Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Chair Delegate Lamont Bagby
  • Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Bernie Sanders

  • Minnesota AG and Former DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison

Elizabeth Warren

  • Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley

Mike Bloomberg

  • Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner
  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed
  • Mayor of Stockton Michael Tubbs
  • Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles

Here is a list of key candidate endorsements from African American leaders on a national level:

Joe Biden

  • House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn
  • Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice

Bernie Sanders

Elizabeth Warren

Mike Bloomberg

  • Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser