Sanders snags third congressional endorsement
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Senators in the dark on parliamentarian's decision World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths MORE (I-Vt.) nabbed his third congressional endorsement on Friday from fellow Vermont lawmaker Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchDemocrats gear up for major push to lower drug prices Lawmakers debate role of prescription drugs and generics in health care costs The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending 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 LeahyCongress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Senate GOP opens door to earmarks MORE (D-Vt.), who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' 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.