171 noteworthy endorsements issued in the Democratic presidential primary

The 17 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president have received a combined 171 noteworthy endorsements, according to review of a list of endorsements compiled by FiveThirtyEight through Nov. 20.
 
Noteworthy endorsers include current and former presidents and vice presidents, current and former party leaders, governors and other state executives, members of Congress, mayors of large cities, state legislative majority and minority leaders, and Democratic National Committee members.
 
Joe Biden (D) leads with 40 noteworthy endorsements, followed by Kamala Harris (D) with 33 and Bernie Sanders (I) with 23. Six noteworthy candidates (Tulsi Gabbard, Deval Patrick, Joe Sestak, Tom Steyer, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang) have not received any noteworthy endorsements.
 
Out of 23 Democratic governors nationwide, six have endorsed a presidential candidate and one (Steve Bullock of Montana) is running for president. Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar have each been endorsed by their home state’s governors. Biden was also endorsed by Govs. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) and Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
 
Of the 47 members of the U.S. Senate Democratic caucus, 10 have endorsed a presidential candidate and six are running for president. Five senators have endorsed Joe Biden, more than any other candidate. Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren were each endorsed by their fellow home-state senator. Kamala Harris’ fellow California senator Dianne Feinstein endorsed Joe Biden, while Michael Bennet’s colleague Cory Gardner is a Republican.
 
Out of the 233 Democratic members of the U.S. House, 69 have endorsed a presidential candidate and one (Tulsi Gabbard) is running for president. Joe Biden has the most U.S. House endorsements with 19, followed by Kamala Harris with 15 and Cory Booker with 11.
 
Three candidates have noteworthy endorsements from an early voting state. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and Democratic National Committee member Jan Bauer endorsed Steve Bullock. Julián Castro was endorsed by Nevada Democratic National Committee member Allison Stephens. Elizabeth Warren was endorsed by Nevada state Controller Catherine Byrne, Nevada Democratic National Committee member Alex Goff, and Iowa state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.
 
 



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