Former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang made an endorsement live as primary results were pouring in.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Yang where he sees the race going for former Vice President Joe Biden.
CNN political commentator Yang responded, “I believe that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee. And I’ve always said I am going to support whoever the nominee is.”
He continued, “So I hereby am endorsing Joe Biden to be not just the nominee for the Democratic party but the next president of the United States.”
Watch the endorsement below
Biden can now add this endorsement to the top of his growing list.
He has gained support from most of the former presidential hopefuls including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Mass.), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and more recently, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
Yang touched on his previous support of Sanders during the 2016 race saying he “inspired” his run. Then turning back to Biden, he said, “But the math says Joe is our prohibitive nominee.”
He continued, “I believe that he’s the right man for the job to help us not just defeat Donald Trump but govern the country in the years ahead.”
Yang tweeted, “I am glad to endorse him for President,” reiterating his support for Biden.
Since I started running, I always said I would support the Democratic nominee. The math is clear – @joebiden will be the nominee and I am glad to endorse him for President. Joe knows how serious the fourth industrial revolution is. He and I have spoken about it at length. https://t.co/tekzzApBZj— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) March 11, 2020
Biden came out on top Tuesday after winning four of the six states so far, as IJR previously reported. A total of 352 delegates were up for grabs including 125 from Michigan’s crucial contest which Biden clinched. Biden has reportedly won at least 157 delegates while Sanders took away at least 97.
In order to secure the nomination, a candidate needs at least 1,991 delegates. Biden’s crucial wins on Tuesday put him on a path toward the nomination, while Sanders falls behind.