Frankel is one of three Democratic members of Congress who represent Palm Beach County and also the last to announce who she would back.

Shortly after billionaire Mike Bloomberg announced he would end his bid for the White House, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, announced her endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden.


"Joe Biden is the candidate who can win Florida and help Florida Democrats win down ballot," Frankel said in a statement. "At a moment when our state legislators and governor are fighting against voting rights, gun safety, and access to health care, we need a leader at the very top of the ticket who won’t just help us halt these attacks on everyday Floridians, but also help us gain seats and political power across the state."


Frankel joins more than 45 leaders across Florida that have endorsed Joe Biden for president, including former U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Bob Graham, and current members of Congress including Kathy Castor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Al Lawson, Frederica Wilson, Alcee Hastings and Charlie Crist.


Frankel is one of three Democratic members of Congress who represent Palm Beach County and also the last to announce who she would back. Up for grabs now is the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, who announced his decision to back Bloomberg on Feb. 13, citing Bloomberg’s long-time efforts to end gun violence.


Deutch also assumed the role of co-chair for Bloomberg’s nationwide effort to rally support among Jewish voters. As of mid-morning, Deutch had not commented on whether he would now back Biden or Sanders.


Democratic members of Congress are superdelegates, meaning they can back any candidate they choose. Pledged delegates from Florida are required to back candidates based on the proportion of votes they win in the March 17 primary.


Superdelegates become coveted players in the nomination process during close races, like the current contest between Biden and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.


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