Sanders reaffirms support for Turner in Ohio amid Democratic rift

Sanders reaffirms support for Turner in Ohio amid Democratic rift
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.) reaffirmed his support for progressive congressional candidate Nina Turner, a former co-chair of his 2020 presidential campaign, in the Democratic primary in Ohio's 11th District next month. 

"The upcoming congressional election in Ohio has everything to do with the future of the Democratic Party," Sanders said in a tweet on Friday. "Will Democrats stand with the working class and have the courage to take on wealthy special interests? I know that Nina Turner will, which is why I strongly support her."

The Cleveland-area race to replace now-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeShontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Sanders to campaign for Turner in Ohio Just 6.5 percent of rental aid has reached tenants, landlords: Treasury MORE has divided establishment and progressive Democrats. While there are 13 Democrats running in the primary, Turner and Shontel Brown are the two front-runners. 

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Last week, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) made the rare move of endorsing Brown in the race, telling The New York Times that his decision did not have anything to do with Sanders or Turner. However, the Democratic congressman warned of the effect that progressive slogans such as "defund the police" and "Medicare for All" could have on the party as a whole.

The issue of U.S. support for Israel has also permeated the race, with a number of pro-Israel Democrats, including Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerLawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Democrats face daunting hurdles despite promising start MORE (N.J.), Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchIncorporating mental health support into global assistance programs Ethics panel upholds 0 mask fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers Sanders reaffirms support for Turner in Ohio amid Democratic rift MORE (Fla.), David TroneDavid John TroneSanders reaffirms support for Turner in Ohio amid Democratic rift Improving college affordability for National Guardsmen and reservists Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth MORE (Md.) and Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderSanders reaffirms support for Turner in Ohio amid Democratic rift Top Democrat leads bipartisan trip to Middle East Democrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene MORE (Ill.) voicing their support for Brown. 

On Friday, the Democratic Majority for Israel PAC released a statement criticizing Turner for her past remarks on President BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE

“In her latest negative ad, Nina Turner does not refute a single fact contained in DMFI PAC’s ad about her harsh attacks on Secretary Clinton and President Biden, or her opposition to the Democratic Party platform," the group's president Mark Mellman, who is also a columnist for The Hill, said in a statement. 

Whoever wins the primary on Aug. 3 will likely be successful in the general election given the district's considerable Democratic tilt.