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Former Vice President Joe Biden will formally announce next week he is running for the Democratic nomination for president as Sen. Bernie Sanders has made an early mark in the crowded Democratic field.
Biden, who has been a candidate in all but name only, will make it official in a video announcement on Wednesday, The Atlantic reported.
Date - Flux
The date is in flux, however, and could change.
The exact timing and subsequent campaign events are ongoing conversations, officials told NBC News.
Vice - President - April - Announcement - Time
The former vice president had set late April as his announcement time, a date that would make him one of the last contenders to announce and get him past the first quarter fundraising deadline without having to file any numbers.
He was spotted by a neighbor filming a video at his child hood home in Scranton, Pa., in early April.
Biden - Polls - Nomination - RealClearPolitics - Average
Biden, 76, leads in the polls for the nomination, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average, with Sanders running in second.
Sanders, who gave Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the 2016 contest, could play the same role for Biden, particularly as the former vice president battles allegations of inappropriate touching and has fretted about his ability to fundraise.
Vermont - Senator - Town - Hall - Meeting
The Vermont senator's town hall meeting last week set record ratings for Fox News, prompting other Democratic contenders to look at holding ones of their own.
In addition to the ratings, Sanders scored a viral moment and earned a critical tweet from President Trump.
Quarter - Pack - Fundraising
He also raised $18.2 million in the first quarter of 2019, leading the Democratic pack in fundraising.
Speculation about when Biden would formally throw his hat in the ring was overshadowed by the 'Creepy Joe' scandal, where several women said they were uncomfortable with his tendency to hug, kiss on the head and other gestures.
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