President Joe Biden is expected to pick up the endorsement of the United Auto Workers on Wednesday when he addresses the powerful union’s political convention, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Biden is working to sway blue-collar workers his way in critical auto-making swing states such as Michigan and Wisconsin, hoping to eat into the advantage that former President Donald Trump has enjoyed with white voters who are without a college degree. Labor experts said that the UAW usually endorses candidates later as it contains a mix of Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated voters.
The person who confirmed the endorsement insisted on anonymity to provide details of private conversations that could be critical in this year’s presidential elections.
Biden will speak as the union closes out a three-day gathering in Washington to chart its political priorities. It will be his first political event since Tuesday’s primary vote in New Hampshire, where Trump cemented his hold on core Republican voters with a victory and Biden scored a write-in win.