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EMILY’s List Endorses Sen. Elizabeth Warren for President

The pro-choice political advocacy group endorsed Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren shortly after Amy Klobuchar dropped her presidential bid.

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The pro-choice political advocacy group EMILY’s List announced Monday its endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president. 

Warren is the only remaining, frontrunning woman candidate after Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) dropped her bid and announced she’d endorse former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday. The endorsement by EMILY’s List came less than a day before Super Tuesday, when more than a third of all delegates available to Democratic candidates will be awarded. EMILY’s List helped a historic number of women candidates get elected to Congress in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections; since then, a wave of new legislation has limited access to abortion in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to announce that we are endorsing @ewarren to be president of the United States!” the organization wrote on Twitter. “She has a clear vision for how to build a better America, put power in the hands of people, and stand up for progressive values. She will be a president with the plans and vision to build an administration for all Americans.”

The group’s president Stephanie Schriock said in a statement that Warren is the best candidate to unify candidates and “take on Donald Trump.”

In the most recent primary in South Carolina on Saturday, Biden had a big win that accelerated his campaign to second place with 54 delegates, following Bernie Sanders’ 60. Warren, who has 8 delegates, has largely been erased and excluded in political media in key recent weeks. During debates, viewers recognized their experiences in her statements on a stage dominated by men. In a post-debate interview last week, she repeatedly explained some of her points regarding pregnancy discrimination to a male journalist.

As for EMILY’s List, the group was founded in 1985 by IBM heiress Ellen Malcolm. It works to address one of the biggest barriers for women running for office: access to money. The group has grown into a fixture in Democratic politics, which has led some elected leaders to question whether the group has “lost its way.”

Warren marks the group’s third-ever presidential endorsement, following Hillary Clinton in the 2008 and 2016 primaries. Earlier this year, Warren and former candidate Klobuchar landed a plum double endorsement from the New York Times. Will the Grey Lady now throw its ink stains behind Warren?