Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib endorses Pete Buttigieg for president

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SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib announced Thursday that he’s endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president and will serve as a Western co-chair for the campaign.

Habib’s announcement comes a day before ballots are sent out to the state’s nearly 4.5 million voters, ahead of the March 10 presidential primary. He’s the first statewide candidate to endorse a candidate in the primary.

The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor was in Seattle last Saturday for a private fundraiser and Habib’s endorsement comes in a week where Washington has drawn two other Democratic nominee candidates to the state. More than 17,000 people were at a rally for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Tacoma Monday night, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a rally in Seattle on Saturday.