Sanders snags third congressional endorsement
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Healthcare: Senate votes to begin ObamaCare repeal debate | McCain returns to vote | GOP floats scaled-down healthcare bill OPINION | Healthcare vote a political death wish for GOP in 2018 Senate parliamentarian: More parts of ObamaCare repeal will need 60 votes MORE (I-Vt.) nabbed his third congressional endorsement on Friday from fellow Vermont lawmaker Rep. Peter WelchPeter WelchDem leaders amp up calls for bipartisan ObamaCare fixes A bipartisan consensus against 'big pharma' is growing in Congress Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia MORE.

Welch said during an interview on Vermont Edition that he will vote for Sanders in Vermont’s presidential primary on March 1, as well as in his role as a superdelegate at the Democratic nominating convention in July.

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"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.”

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 LeahyPatrick LeahySenate committee ignores Trump, House budgets in favor of 2017 funding levels Live coverage: Trump's FBI nominee questioned by senators AT&T, senators spar over customers' right to sue MORE (D-Vt.), who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal Mellman: Trump love? Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate Judiciary reportedly drops Manafort subpoena | Kushner meets with House Intel | House passes Russia sanctions deal | What to watch at 'hacker summer camp' MORE 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.