Bernie Sanders announces Senate reelection bid

Bernie Sanders announces Senate reelection bid
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE (I-Vt.) announced on Monday that he’s running for reelection this year.

“Today, I am announcing my intention to run for re-election to the United States Senate in 2018,” Sanders wrote on Twitter.

Sanders, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, attacked President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE in a string of tweets announcing his bid and said if he is reelected, he would fight against Trump and Republicans.

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“If reelected, you can be sure that I will continue to be the fiercest opponent in the Senate to the rightwing extremism of Trump and the Republican leadership,” Sanders tweeted.

He also noted the need to fight for a progressive agenda and said he intends to run a grass-roots campaign in Vermont.

Sanders, who many see as a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, has gained a loyal following of progressives since his 2016 presidential campaign.

The senator is expected to easily reclaim his seat in the midterm elections.

He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 and the Senate in 2006.