Sanders supporter Tulsi Gabbard will vote for Clinton
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Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard considering 2020 run: report The importance of advancing the U.S.-India partnership House lawmakers introduce bill to end US support in Yemen civil war MORE (D-Hawaii), one of Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Live coverage: Gillum clashes with DeSantis in Florida debate Miami Herald endorses Gillum for governor MORE's top supporters in the Democratic primary, says she'll vote for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race MORE.

“Given the remaining choices, like Bernie Sanders, I will be casting my vote for Hillary Clinton,” Gabbard told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in a story published Wednesday.

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“Moving forward, as a veteran and someone who knows firsthand the cost of war, I am going to continue to push for an end to counterproductive interventionist wars and lead our country toward a path toward peace," Gabbard added.

Gabbard, who served in Iraq, broke with much of the Democratic Party establishment in February to endorse Sanders's upstart presidential challenge to Clinton.

She stepped down from her post as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to back the independent Vermont senator. She was only the fourth member of Congress at the time to endorse him in the Democratic race.

The Hawaii lawmaker was slow to offer her support to Clinton even after she became the presumptive Democratic nominee after the primaries.

In mid-June, Gabbard said she was still "not prepared" to back Clinton. And last week, she formally nominated Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton accepted her party's nomination.

Gabbard called Sanders's campaign a movement of "love and compassion." 

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