Biden has strong support in the Iowa legislature.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – While Sen. Joe Biden lags far behind the Democratic presidential frontrunners in most Iowa polls, the Delaware Democrat’s campaign is touting the fact that he has the second most legislative endorsements in the crucial early voting state - behind only New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
State Rep. Doris Kelley is the latest Iowan to sign on with the campaign, Biden's Iowa Campaign Director Bill Romjue announced Friday, the sixth Democrat from the state legislature to do so.
"I have carefully evaluated each and every one of the candidates in this race, and it is clear that Sen. Biden’s experience, candidness and tenacity are qualities required to lead our country,” Kelley said in a statement.
Stephanie Bjornson, Clinton's Iowa deputy communications director, told CNN that the New York Democrat has 16 Iowa legislative endorsements - 9 in the Senate and 7 in the House.
- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Chris Welch