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Monday, March 2, 2020

DFA Joins "The Nation" In Endorsing Sanders, To Somewhat Offset Endorsements For Biden From Candidate Dropouts

I’ve got breaking news, James.
It’s official. After receiving 79.3% in the DFA membership vote, easily passing the 67% supermajority threshold, Bernie Sanders has earned our endorsement in a resounding victory over the rest of the field.
Bernie has built a powerful multi-racial, multi-generational movement and we’re excited to join the campaign at this critical moment in the Democratic race thanks to DFA members nationwide overwhelmingly choosing Senator Sanders as the candidate to defeat Donald Trump in November.
From Super Tuesday to the Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, we’ll be working every day to make sure Bernie wins the most votes, the most delegates, and the most states nationwide to become the Democratic nominee.
This overwhelming support for Bernie should be a wake-up call to the broken, visionless, corporate Democratic establishment. Americans want fundamental change in Washington, not a return to the status quo.
In the most important election of our lifetimes, Bernie Sanders is the candidate who is energizing our base, connecting with those who have long felt ignored by our politics, and electrifying the next generation of Americans we need to beat Donald Trump, win up and down the ballot nationwide, and fight for bold, inclusive populist reforms like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and robust criminal justice reform.
That’s why we’re committed to doing everything we can to help Sanders secure the Democratic nomination in Milwaukee and defeat Donald Trump in November.
What does that support look like? After the DFA endorsement of Sanders in 2016, here’s a sample of our impact:
  • Raised over $2 million in grassroots contributions directly for the Sanders campaign
  • Organized 119,000 volunteer shifts helping the campaign make over 11 million voter contact calls and knock on over 5 million doors
  • Embedded DFA staff at Sanders HQ to train dozens of campaign staff and help optimize the campaign’s volunteer recruitment and training of thousands of activists across the country
  • Strongly supported Sanders in dozens of media outlets across the country while keeping the focus on our positive progressive vision for America
Senator Elizabeth Warren was the only candidate to give Bernie a real challenge for your support with 13% of the vote.
Here’s the breakdown of the full results:
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (79.3%)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (13.2%)
  • Vice President Joe Biden (2.5%)
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg (1.7%)
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg (1.2%)
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (0.9%)
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (0.7%)
  • Tom Steyer (0.3%)
  • “Don’t Endorse” (0.3%)
DFA members remain committed to our Progressive Unite 2020 pledge we launched in early January with 18 other groups, including among others the Working Families Party and Progressive Change Campaign Committee who’ve endorsed Warren and the Sunrise Movement and Our Revolution who’ve endorsed Bernie.
While we will focus our fight for the nomination on Bernie’s positive vision for America, we will defend our campaign against attacks and focus our fire in the fight for the Democratic nomination on the candidates supported by the corporate wing.
This is a big day at the start of an even bigger week. Let’s get out there and win the nomination together, because this campaign isn’t about Bernie.
It’s about all of us.
It’s about our vision for America.
It’s about defeating Donald Trump in November.
Thank you for everything you’re doing to win.
Charles Chamberlain, Chair
Democracy for America

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