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Former VP Joe Biden tells supporters he is running for president, per WSJ

Posted: 6:17 PM, Mar 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-19 23:17:31Z
Former VP Joe Biden tells supporters he is running for president, per WSJ

It looks like you can add another Democrat to the list.

Joe Biden, the former US Senator from Delaware and President Barack Obama's two-term vice president, has told supporters that he plans on running for president in 2020, with a formal announcement coming in April, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

A Wall Street Journal report claims that Biden is in the process of lining up donors, hoping to have the same sort of one-day donation push as Democratic Party rivals Beto O'Rourke and Bernie Sanders. O'Rourke reportedly raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his candidacy, while Sanders raised $5.9 million within a day of announcing.

Biden would join a group of more than a dozen Democrats who have either formally announced their candidacy for president, or launched an exploratory committee. Biden would also be the early front-runner, according to polling. In the latest CNN poll of voters who say they will likely vote in the Democratic primary, Biden leads with 28 percent, compared to Sanders at 20 percent. California Sen. Kamala Harris and O'Rourke are the only other candidates polling in double figures.

While getting off to an early lead in support is important, the CNN poll shows not everyone's support is locked in. The survey shows 59 percent say they do not know which candidate they will end up supporting at the time of the primary.

His April announcement would come just two months before the first scheduled debate among Democrats.