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Sanders congratulates progressive candidates on primary wins

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden's policies are playing into Trump's hands Hillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions MORE (I-Vt.) on Tuesday issued a statement congratulating two progressive candidates on their primary wins.

Sanders endorsed Ben Jealous in the Democratic primary for Maryland governor. Jealous, a former NAACP president, won Tuesday and will take on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in November.

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“Ben showed that running a progressive, issue-oriented campaign can bring all working people together in the fight for justice,” Sanders said in the statement. “That's what Ben has done in the primary and that is what a united Democratic Party will do in the general election.”

“What the people of Maryland understand is that we can most effectively oppose Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE's extremism with strong progressive leadership at the state and local level — and there are few progressives stronger than Ben,” he added.

Sanders also congratulated Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former organizer for Sanders’s presidential campaign, on her shocking primary victory against Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).

“She took on the entire local Democratic establishment in her district and won a very strong victory,” Sanders said of Ocasio-Cortez. “She demonstrated once again what progressive grassroots politics can do."

Ocasio-Cortez’s win is expected to shake up politics in New York and Washington. The 28-year-old democratic socialist and first-time candidate upset Crowley, who has not faced a primary challenger in 14 years and was viewed as a potential House Speaker.