Sanders Snags Third Congressional Endorsement
Rack another one up for Bernie Sanders. The Democratic presidential candidate has snagged another congressional endorsement on Friday.
Rep. Peter Welch decided to back Sanders in 2016.
“I’ve decided to vote for Bernie Sanders,” Welch said. “And as a superdelegate, I’ll follow through and vote for him when we get to the convention in July.”
The Hill reports:
Welch cited appreciation for Sanders’s “consistent” message on income inequality in addition to their home-state ties.
“I’m a Vermonter. Bernie’s a Vermonter. And he is running an extraordinary campaign. And my view is, let’s give him a shot.”
The only other member of the Vermont congressional delegation apart from Sanders and Welch won’t be voting for his home-state colleague. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) is also supporting Clinton over Sanders.
Most congressional Democrats have already backed Clinton, contributing to her commanding lead in superdelegates. Of the 234 Democrats in Congress, 192 have backed Clinton.
Two other Capitol Hill Democrats have endorsed Sanders: Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.) and Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), who are co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
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