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Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016

Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016
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The Working Families Party (WFP) has endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDebate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Hillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' MORE (D-Mass.) for the Democratic presidential nomination, the group announced Monday.

"The Working Families Party is proud to announce our endorsement of @ewarren for president in the Democratic primary," the group tweeted. 

The progressive group, which is aligned with unions, endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE (I-Vt.) last campaign cycle, but this time picked Warren amid a push to defeat centrist candidates like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE in the race for the Democratic nomination.

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“If our focus is on victory, we can’t be delusional about it,” Maurice Mitchell, the WFP's national director, told The New York Times.

“You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing.”

A party spokesperson said Warren received more than 60 percent of the votes on the first ballot of the “tens of thousands” of members.

Mitchell and other WFP members told the Times that their endorsement is a message to other progressive organizations to involve themselves in the primary.

“Senator Warren knows how to kick Wall Street kleptocrats where it hurts, and she’s got some truly visionary plans to make this country work for the many," Mitchell said.

“We need a mass movement to make her plans a reality, and we’re going to be a part of that work.”

Sanders finished second in the WFP's ranked-choice endorsement system between five candidates, according to the Times.

Other candidates under consideration were former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerBush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Never underestimate Joe Biden MORE (D-N.J.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York area will lift capacity restrictions May 19 NYC 24-hour subway service resumes May 17 Schumer demands restoration of 24-hour New York subway service MORE.