March 3, 2020 / 1:07 AM / a month ago

Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke to endorse Joe Biden - New York Times

FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio U.S., October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was set to endorse Joe Biden’s White House bid, according to the New York Times, joining dozens of current and former Democrats who rushed to endorse the former vice president on Monday.

O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, endorsed Biden as a swathe of the Democratic Party fell in line behind Biden’s bid in an apparent attempt to try to block the candidacy of the frontrunner, Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, a progressive.

Reporting by Tim Reid; Editing by Sandra Maler

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