Bernie Sanders picked up one of his most significant endorsements on Thursday afternoon, and this one is perfectly timed and bound to make Hillary Clinton continue to question the distance between herself and the Vermont senator in the race.
Democracy for America, a progressive political organization who led a campaign to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to run for president, decided to throw their weight behind Sanders.
This marks the first time in the organization’s history that they have decided to back a presidential candidate, citing reasons such as Bernie’s fight against income inequality, and other progressive ideals he has held for the entirety of his career. Charles Chamberlain, the Executive Director of Democracy for America released a statement concerning the endorsement:
“Bernie Sanders is an unyielding populist progressive who decisively won Democracy for America members’ first presidential primary endorsement because of his lifelong commitment to taking on income inequality and the wealthy and powerful interests who are responsible for it,” says Chamberlain.
Backing Sanders was a decision followed by a survey of over 270,000 of the organization’s national members in which he was chosen by 88 percent of the group, while Hillary Clinton received around 10 percent and Martin O’Malley receiving les than 1 percent.
“With today’s endorsement, DFA members are joining Bernie’s ‘political revolution’ and working to take it both to the White House and up-and-down the ballot, in races coast to coast,” Chamberlain added.
However, the decision to endorse Sanders is not the preference of the founder of Democracy for America and former Vermont governor, Howard Dean. He will be supporting Clinton in 2016.
With over 1 million members in the organization, Chamberlain says they will use the endorsement to raise funds for Sanders’ campaign in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
Also, this endorsement makes two for the day after the endorsement of the Communication Workers of America decided to support Sanders. They are one of the few unions not backing Clinton and will be a much-needed ally for Sanders.
These endorsements come at a time when they are needed more than ever for Sanders’ campaign to continue its momentum toward Iowa and New Hampshire.