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Biden endorses Democrat Araujo for Nevada Secretary of State

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a White House Champions of Change Law Enforcement and Youth meeting, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. CNN said Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, it will allow Biden to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate even if he decides that day to be a candidate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Democrat Nelson Araujo for Nevada secretary of state.

Araujo's campaign made the announcement Tuesday morning.

Biden says in a statement that Araujo protected small businesses and first responders as a member of the Nevada Assembly and will defend the right to free and fair elections as secretary of state.

Araujo says he's grateful for Biden's support.

Araujo is challenging incumbent Republican Barbara Cegavske.

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