Progressive organizations throw support to Sanders ahead of Michigan primary

Progressive organizations throw support to Sanders ahead of Michigan primary
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A slew of progressive groups announced their endorsement of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden Julián Castro to become senior advisor for Voto Latino It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (I-Vt.) Monday ahead of several key primaries Tuesday.

The Working Families Party, which had initially endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting MORE (D-Mass.), announced its backing of Sanders on Monday after Warren’s withdrawal from the race last week.

“We were lucky to have two strong progressives in this race who changed the conversation and shifted the limits of the possible,” Working Families Party Director of Strategy and Partnerships Nelini Stamp said in a statement.

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“There is no waiting for next time, because working class families and marginalized people can’t wait for next time,” she added. “Climate change won’t wait, spiraling inequality won’t wait, and white supremacy won’t wait. Bernie Sanders is our best chance of making this a country that works for the many, not the few.”

Meanwhile, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a group that had also allied with Warren, has called on voters to vote strategically for Sanders in Tuesday’s Michigan primary to ensure that the race continues.

“If your top priority is defeating Trump, and you want to ensure both remaining Democratic candidates are tested so we know the eventual nominee can go the distance, vote for Bernie Sanders on Tuesday to stop the premature ending of this primary election,” the group said in a statement.

In the statement, PCCC suggested a quick end to the race could benefit President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE in the general election.

“Whether or not we believe Michigan is make-or-break, many pundits are saying that," the group said. "Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden COVID-19 makes Trump's work with black Americans that much harder MORE's wins on Super Tuesday in states that he never set foot in shows that pundit chatter sways voters and could end this race prematurely."

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“That helps Trump because we need a candidate who can campaign competently and withstand scrutiny in this new one-on-one environment,” it added.

The two groups’ announcements come the same day Justice Democrats, the progressive organization that recruited Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez posts experience getting antibody tested for COVID-19 The continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal MORE (D-N.Y.) to challenge then-Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout Schumer says he's focused on job when asked about possible Ocasio-Cortez primary challenge Stimulus price tag of .2T falls way short, some experts say MORE in 2018, announced Sanders as its first presidential endorsement.

Sanders “has the vision to unite and govern America in this time of crisis,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, told Politico, adding “there is no question that if Bernie Sanders had not run for president in 2016, organizations like Justice Democrats would not exist.”