Dallas (CNN)Joe Biden just had the best day of his campaign.
The former vice president racked up three key endorsements in the span of 24 hours, earning the backing of former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke on the same night.
The endorsements are a boon for Biden and come on the eve of the critical Super Tuesday contests, when voters in 14 states and one US territory will decide about one-third of all pledged delegates. And they represent a coalescing among more moderate Democrats around Biden and firmly against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the more progressive candidate who currently holds the lead in national delegates.
The endorsements are timely, too. Both Minnesota, Klobuchar’s home state, and Texas, O’Rourke’s home state, vote on Tuesday, a fact that was mentioned by both Democrats when they urged their supporters to get behind Biden.
Buttigieg made his endorsement first, touting Biden as a political figure “who will draw out what is best in each of us.”
“And I’m encouraging everybody who was part of my campaign to join me because we have found that leader in Vice President, soon-to-president, Joe Biden,” Buttigieg said.
Buttigieg ended his presidential bid on Sunday night, telling supporters he did not see a path forward for his candidacy and calling for Democrats to unite to defeat Trump. Buttigieg made the decision to endorse Biden on Sunday, aides said, after he came in fourth in South Carolina.
Defeating President Donald Trump “was always a goal that was much bigger than me becoming President,” Buttigieg continued. “And it is in the name of that very same goal that I am delighted to endorse and support Joe Biden for president of the United States.”
Biden, in response, lauded Buttigieg and, in a powerful moment, compared him to his late son, Beau.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son, Beau,” Biden said, with Buttigieg looking on. “I know that may not mean much to most people, but to me, it’s the highest compliment I can give any man or woman.”
Klobuchar’s endorsement came later in the night at a rally near downtown Dallas with her husband and daughter, and Jill Biden, the former vice president’s wife.
“We need to unite our party and our country and to do it not just with our words but with our actions,” Klobuchar said. “I believe we can do this together. And that is why, today, I am ending my campaign and endorsing Joe Biden.”
Klobuchar, highlighting the “grit” and “determination” that she staked her campaign on, cast the former vice president as someone who can “bring our c