Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won the backing Tuesday of the Working Families Party, a labor-oriented party making its first endorsement in a national campaign.
The vote wasn't close, according to the Working Families Party, as 87 percent of its members favored Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, while Hillary Clinton received support from 11.5 percent.
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Working Families Party national director Dan Cantor said in a news release, “The super-rich have used their economic muscle to buy political muscle, and unless you’re one of them, what you think government should do basically doesn’t count. That’s why we’re standing with Bernie Sanders to build the political revolution and make our nation into one where every family can thrive.”
The Working Families Party was founded in 1998 and fights for issues such as a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave and lower student debt. In her 2000 election in New York to the U.S. Senate, Clinton ran on the Working Families Party's line as well as the Democratic Party's. In Vermont, the Working Families Party was formed as a minor party in 2006.
As the New York Times reported, the Working Families Party has chapters in just a few states. “Exactly what this will translate into remains to be seen. The party is not in the early primary voting states,” the Times reported. The party pledged its activists will work toward helping Sanders win the nomination.
Sanders' campaign welcomed the endorsement.
"Bernie has devoted his career to helping working families and is gratified by the support of the Working Families Party,” campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in a press release. “Together they will work to take on the billionaire class and change the rigged economy that is being held up by a corrupt political system."