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 Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum 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 SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption MORE (I-Vt.) last campaign cycle, but this time picked Warren amid a push to defeat centrist candidates like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage Schiff: Whistleblower testimony might not be necessary Trump warns Democrats will lose House seats over impeachment 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 Anthony BookerRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy O'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter MORE (D-N.J.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate MORE.