MoveOn is endorsing Bernie SandersBernie SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE for president after the liberal challenger to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE won 78 percent of votes cast by its membership.
Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn Political Action's executive director, lauded Sanders for his run-away win and promised to help turn out voters in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, where the group has 43,000 members and 30,000 members respectively.
“This is a massive vote in favor of Bernie Sanders, showing that grassroots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by his message and track record of standing up to big money and corporate interests to reclaim our democracy for the American people,” Sheyman said.
“We will mobilize aggressively to add our collective people power to the growing movement behind the Sanders campaign, starting with a focus on voter turnout in Iowa and New Hampshire.”
Clinton won a paltry 14.6 percent of the 340,665 votes cast by members of the liberal group, which nearly a decade ago opposed Clinton’s record on the Iraq war.
MoveOn had started the presidential cycle trying to goad Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) into a presidential bid with its "Run Warren Run" campaign but ultimately abandoned that effort after she repeatedly declined to mount a bid.
Sheyman called MoveOn's endorsement "a natural progression from the Run Warren Run campaign," more proof of Sanders's popularity with the party's progressive base.