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RENO, Nev. – Harry Reid is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for president, the ex-Nevada senator announced Monday. 

In a statement, Reid said President Donald Trump has done “unspeakable damage” to the country. Reid said the Democratic Party needs a candidate like Biden who can amass a large and diverse coalition to unseat the first-term Republican president.

“Joe Biden’s strength of character and deep experience stand in the starkest contrast to Trump’s amorality, corruption and utter incompetence,” Reid said in the statement.

“Biden will be a much-needed stabilizing force following Trump’s disastrous term, offering a positive and progressive alternative to Trump’s dark vision of racism, xenophobia and policies built on cruelty and exclusion. I believe Biden is best able to defeat Donald Trump and enact the policies we all care about.”

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Reid, a Democrat and former Senate majority leader, retired in 2016.

But he remains a powerful political kingmaker in Nevada and has maintained a longstanding relationship with Biden, who also spent more than three decades in the Senate.

Monday’s announcement delivers on Reid’s promise not to endorse ahead of Nevada’s closely watched presidential caucus.

It also counts as the latest sign that establishment Democrats are rallying around Biden, and against progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders, ahead of Super Tuesday – when more than one-third of delegates to the Democratic National Convention are awarded.

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have both dropped their White House bids and indicated they would endorse Biden ahead of the crucial spate of presidential nominating contests.

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