Sanders snags third congressional endorsement
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders to campaign for Florida Dem governor candidate Lewandowski says Bloomberg would be 'very competitive' against Trump in 2020 One Vermont Republican wins statewide nomination in six races MORE (I-Vt.) nabbed his third congressional endorsement on Friday from fellow Vermont lawmaker Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchOne Vermont Republican wins statewide nomination in six races Live results: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut hold primaries Overnight Health Care: Trump officials approve proposals to shore up ObamaCare | Study says 'Medicare for All' would cost .6T over 10 years | Dems court conservative Republican in drug pricing fight 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 Joseph LeahySenate returns to work on toughest 'minibus' yet GOP senator: Trump is ‘the only one in the government’ not paying attention to Russian threat to midterms Hillicon Valley: 'QAnon' conspiracy theory jumps to primetime | Senate Intel broadens look into social media manipulation | Senate rejects push for more election security funds | Reddit reveals hack MORE (D-Vt.), who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report Fox News host hits Giuliani: Dossier isn't why Mueller probe was started 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.