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 WarrenHarris weighing Biden endorsement: report Biden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll 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 SandersBiden, Sanders contend for top place in new national poll Biden leads Democratic primary field nationally: poll Warren calls for Brazil to drop charges against Glenn Greenwald MORE (I-Vt.) last campaign cycle, but this time picked Warren amid a push to defeat centrist candidates like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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.

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