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Democracy for America: "The endorsement vote is live right now — and will end at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 15 --- DFA will only endorse in this presidential primary if there is overwhelming support for one candidate."
The progressive political action committee that encouraged Elizabeth Warren to run has opted to let its supporters pick which candidate will now receive their endorsement. In order for a candidate to win Democracy for America's endorsement, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Martin O'Malley must secure a supermajority of at least 66.67 percent of the votes cast.
With its over 1 million members, DFA — the Howard Dean-founded, Vermont-based liberal PAC — says it helped 843 candidates with progressive values nationwide through their grassroots efforts, but this will be their first Democratic presidential primary endorsement. DFA promised to "run a 100 percent positive campaign" and endorse the eventual Democratic nominee no matter who receives the group's backing in the primaries.
Democracy for America executive director Charles Chamberlain said in a statement:
"DFA was founded on the firm belief that the Democratic Party is stronger when it listens to and invests in the organizing of its grassroots, progressive base. Our open presidential endorsement process is specifically designed to reflect our time-tested faith in the progressive movement's grassroots wisdom, energy and enthusiasm."
Voting began today (Monday December 7) and will continue through Dec. 17.
BREAKING BERNIE NEWS!
New York Times: The Working Families Party is endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton. The endorsement is notable because of the party’s ties to Bill de Blasio, who recently endorsed Mrs. Clinton.
The Nation: The Working Families Party endorses Sanders for the Democratic nomination after an overwhelming 87.4 percent of the membership vote.
Huffington Post: The Working Families Party endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. It is the first time the party has formally backed a candidate in a national election.