The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) officially announced on Thursday, March 20, an endorsement of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the U.S. presidential election in 2020. More than 13,000 of its official members or about 24% of its total eligible active membership participated in an online survey sent out on March 5th asking whether or not to endorse Sanders second run for the White House against Donald Trump. About 76 percent of respondents supported endorsement while 24% opposed endorsement.
Between 2016 and 2018, the DSA, which was founded almost 37 years ago in 1982 by political activist Michael Harrington with its original roots from the former Socialist Party of America in the early 20th century, has seen an increase in new membership, especially from people between the ages of 18 years and 35 years old or possibly even younger. The non-partisan political organization has further gained attention beyond their of endorsement of Sanders back in 2016 with the election of members such as New York City Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, New York City State Senator Julia Salazar, and Virginia State Delegate Lee Carter.
As of March 2019, Sanders has already gotten endorsements from political groups such as Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, Progressive Democrats of America, and Socialist Alternative. According to recent public opinion polling, both Sanders and former Vice President Joe Bide, who has yet to officially decide whether to run for president or not, are considered the top two front runners nationwide in the Democratic Party presidential primary, including in states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
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