Sanders snags third congressional endorsement
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE (I-Vt.) nabbed his third congressional endorsement on Friday from fellow Vermont lawmaker Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Lawmakers grapple with deepfake threat at hearing Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote 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 LeahyNegotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Congress unlikely to reach deal on Trump border bill before break MORE (D-Vt.), who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently 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.