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Influential Iowa group endorses Sanders

Influential Iowa group endorses Sanders

The largest progressive community organization in Iowa endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden All fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds MORE (I-Vt.) for president on Monday ahead of the state's closely watched upcoming caucuses.

A press release from the Sanders campaign announced that the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) would make a formal endorsement of the senator at an event on Thursday, marking the second time Sanders has secured the group's endorsement after previously winning it in 2016.

“Some 2020 Presidential candidates have been embracing or acknowledging movement politics. But only one of them has been doing it for decades, just like Iowa CCI Action and our sister organization Iowa CCI,” said the head of Iowa CCI's political arm, Iowa CCI Action. “That's why Iowa CCI Action is endorsing Bernie Sanders. We’re standing with Bernie because Bernie stands with us.” 

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“Iowa CCI is not only the largest progressive organization in Iowa, they are the hardest working and know what it takes to win for working people,” added Misty Rebik, state director for the Sanders campaign. “The members of Iowa CCI made this endorsement because they know that when Bernie Sanders is in the White House, he will fight alongside us because he always has.”

The group is known locally for its opposition to the expansion of factory farms and advocacy for environmental regulations, including the Clean Water Act. Iowa CCI's website also touts the group's effectiveness in recovering lost wages for workers in the state.

Sanders has remained a top-tier candidate in the Iowa caucuses for months and trailed both South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE (D) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAll fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown What do Google, banks and chicken salad have in common? Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit MORE (D-Mass.) by single digits in a poll of the state's electorate last month.