Democratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) on Thursday officially endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates MORE (I-Vt.) for president.

“Democratic Socialists of America is proud to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for president! We’re building a mass movement to take on the billionaires and win a society that puts people over profit. Join us,” the group tweeted.

The group first announced earlier this month that just more than 13,000 of its members — 24 percent of eligible membership — participated in a survey asking whether DSA should endorse Sanders's 2020 White House bid. About 76 percent of respondents indicated support for endorsing Sanders's campaign, while 24 percent said they were opposed.

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The DSA endorsed Sanders in his 2016 primary bid against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE and helped boost Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrat backs up Ocasio-Cortez: Migrant shelters 'are like concentration camps' Ocasio-Cortez marks one-year anniversary of her primary win Democratic lawmaker says treatment of migrants at border 'not American' MORE (D-N.Y.) in her congressional bid during last year's midterms.

“He has the best possible chance of the Democratic field to beat Trump,” Jeremy Gong, a member of the DSA’s National Political Committee who voted to endorse Sanders, told The Guardian.

“Specifically because he has a working-class political agenda, as opposed to an elite, or moderate, or corporate-friendly agenda that is not exciting to anyone electorally — except a very small number of either Democratic party diehards or upper middle class or wealthy people.”

Sanders has maintained his position among the top spots of most national and statewide polls and has raised a staggering $5.9 million within the first 24 hours after announcing his campaign last month. Sanders's haul was second only to former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) $6.1 million, which he raised within 24 hours of his campaign announcement earlier this month.