After staying out of the Democratic presidential primary for more than a year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has delivered a key endorsement for former Vice President Joe Biden’s resurgent campaign.
“I am going to be voting for Joe Biden,” Whitmer said Thursday morning.
Whitmer made the announcement on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. She said that Biden’s commitment to health care was a key part in her decision, noting that her mother, Sherry, a former Michigan assistant attorney general, died of the same brain tumor that Biden’s late son, Beau, also had. Whitmer said she “commiserated” with Biden and appreciated his response.
Michigan’s primary is in five days on Tuesday, with analysts agreeing that it will be a key test of strength for the former VP and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who won a narrow victory here in 2016. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been reassessing her campaign after failing to win a single contest so far.
Biden campaigned for Whitmer and the Democratic ticket close to the November 2018 election at Lansing Community College.