Former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden formally endorsed Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway in her run for governor.

In a statement released Monday morning, Biden highlighted Galloway’s professional record, saying she’s uncovered since her 2015 appointment, “millions of dollars in waste and fraudulent spending,” and will continue to “bring transparency to state government and hold politicians accountable to the people.”

He called her a “proven champion for Missouri’s working families — crossing the aisle to deliver results.”

“I am proud to endorse Nicole for governor,” he said, “and know she will continue to fight for access to affordable, quality health care, improving public schools, and bringing good-paying jobs to the state.”

The latest endorsement from Biden comes as Galloway’s quest to unseat Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Nov. 3 enters a home stretch, continuing Democrats’ efforts to coalesce down the ballot in a state President Donald Trump won in 2016 by almost 19 points.

Last September, Trump gave early approval for Parson in his 2020 reelection bid.

The tweeted announcement arrived toward the end of 2019 — a year in advance of a thin Republican primary ballot. Parson would eventually level his challengers — running away with close to 75% of the total vote.

  • State Government Reporter, fall 2020. Studying data journalism. Reach me at asjbhx@umsystem.edu, or (573) 356-7458

  • Molly Hart is an assistant city editor at the Missourian. She has previously reported on state government. She can be reached at mhart@mail.missouri.edu.

  • Mark Horvit is the state government editor. Call me at 817-726-1621 with story ideas, tips or complaints.

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