Sanders snags third congressional endorsement
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAngst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure MORE (I-Vt.) nabbed his third congressional endorsement on Friday from fellow Vermont lawmaker Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchShakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Democrats debate shape of new Jan. 6 probe On the Money: Tech giants face rising pressure from shareholder activists | House Democrats urge IRS to reverse Trump-era rule reducing donor disclosure | Sen. Warren, Jamie Dimon spar over overdraft fees at Senate hearing 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 LeahyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge House clears .1 billion Capitol security bill, sending to Biden Senate passes .1 billion Capitol security bill MORE (D-Vt.), who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote 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.