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 WarrenCOVID-19 workplace complaints surge; unions rip administration Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick 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 SandersGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities 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 campaign cancels fundraiser with Mueller prosecutor Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation 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 BookerSenate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers Senators ask DeVos to adjust FAFSA form due to the coronavirus pandemic Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff MORE (D-N.J.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioAt least 40 arrested at New York City protest over George Floyd case Woman loses her job after viral video shows her calling police on black birdwatcher in Central Park Woman apologizes after video goes viral of her calling police on black birdwatcher in Central Park MORE.