Sanders to run as an independent in 2018

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I-Vt.) has confirmed that he will run for reelection in the Senate as an independent in 2018, despite recent pressure from some Democrats to join the party.

Sanders told Fox News of his decision to hold on to his independent status during an interview Sunday night.

“I am an independent and I have always run in Vermont as an independent, while I caucus with the Democrats in the United States Senate. That’s what I’ve been doing for a long time and that’s what I’ll continue to do,” Sanders told Fox News. 

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Sanders had been facing pressure from some Democrats to officially run as a member of the Democratic Party. Sanders caucuses with Democrats in the Senate.

One Democratic National Committee member, Bob Mulholland, had introduced a resolution at the party’s fall meeting that would have demanded Sanders and Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingTrump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting Trump pushing Maine gov to run for Senate: report Schumer: Franken should resign MORE (I-Maine) run as Democrats in the future.

However, the resolution failed, falling short of the simple majority it needed to pass.

Sanders sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, angering some Democrats. He eventually conceded the race to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE.

King has also said that he would run again as an independent in 2018.

“I’ve been an independent since the early 90s. I was a governor as an independent," King told CNN. "That’s who I am."