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Rep. Mark Takano endorses Sanders

Rep. Mark Takano endorses Sanders
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Rep. Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoHouse sends anti-Asian hate bill to Biden's desk US tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home Democrats rush to Biden's defense on border surge MORE (D-Calif.) has endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure Feehery: 8 reasons why Biden should take the bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.) for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Sanders campaign announced Tuesday. 

Takano, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and member of the Progressive Caucus, is one of fewer than 10 members of Congress to throw their support behind the Vermont senator. 

“I’ve always admired Bernie Sanders for the courageous leadership that he has displayed over his life in Congress,” Takano said in a statement. “I think about him standing up against the Defense of Marriage Act. Very few members of Congress actually stood up for marriage equality in the 1990s. I think he’s got the clearest history of protecting Medicare and Social Security.”

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Far more lawmakers have backed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE, who is the current delegate leader following a strong showing in last week's Super Tuesday contests. 

Sanders did capture Takano's home state of California last week, but the party establishment has increasingly fallen behind Biden, who is looking strong in all six of the states set to hold their primaries on Tuesday.