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 SandersThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Oct. 29: Where Trump and Biden will be campaigning MORE (I-Vt.) Monday ahead of several key primaries Tuesday.

The Working Families Party, which had initially endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren has expressed interest in being Biden's Treasury secretary: report The Democrats' 50 state strategy never reached rural America What a Biden administration should look like 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.


“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 campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden 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 BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report 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."


“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-Cortez'Drink water and don't be racist': Ocasio-Cortez gives Republicans upset over Vanity Fair outfit 'pointers' on how to look better OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging | Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say | Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.) to challenge then-Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump visits Kenosha | Primary day in Massachusetts | GOP eyes Minnesota as a battleground 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.”