U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he is endorsing Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, saying that Barnes’ agenda “advances the interests of working families” and that Barnes is “the best positioned progressive candidate who will win both the primary and defeat Ron Johnson in November.”

In a press release, Barnes thanked Sanders for his endorsement and said that his campaign is “…focused on uniting a broad base” and that “we have more in common with each other that we do with a pro-outsourcing, anti-jobs, anti-child care multimillionaire like Ron Johnson.”

Sanders joins a slew of national, progressive leaders who have endorsed Barnes, including U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-NJ) and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC).

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