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Who is backing Biden? We're keeping track

Democrats from across the country are weighing in on whether President Joe Biden should remain the party's nominee for president.
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Democrats from across the country are weighing in on whether President Joe Biden should remain the party's nominee for president.

Updated July 19, 2024 at 13:14 PM ET

Public calls for President Biden to step aside picked up after the Republican National Convention, as key members of his party called for him to step aside despite reassurances from his campaign.

Democrats have spent the past several days anxiously debating whether more members should or would go public with their concerns about the president's fitness to run for a second term, according to conversations with numerous staffers, members, lobbyist and consultants.

The latest group includes Sen. Martin Heinrich, the third senator to publicly call for Biden to go. While Heinrich's seat in New Mexico is considered safe, he expressed concerns that “this moment is bigger than any one person.”

Also notable, a group of four prominent members from the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the progressive caucus called on Biden to step aside. The Congressional Black Caucus had been one of the president's staunchest supporters previously. However, the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus continued to stand behind Biden.

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The announcements come as the Biden campaign insists he will return to the campaign trail next week once he finished isolating as he recovers from COVID. NPR is tracking which Democratic lawmakers have called on Biden to step out of the race, expressed concerns, or have said they back Biden’s presidential bid. We have provided links to publicly available comments; all others listed have been confirmed by congressional sources to NPR.This list will be updated as more Democrats weigh in. In some cases, changes will include a shift in position, which will be documented.

Clarification: A previous version of this tracker included Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., as expressing concern, but he has been moved to Backed Biden after his staff sent a statement further clarifying his position.

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