New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced her plans to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, an aide to Sanders confirmed recently, The Hill reported.
The news for the freshman lawmaker’s support came on the same night Bernie Sanders won the endorsement from Representatives Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
“Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity, and geography,” Omar said in a statement Tuesday. “And it’s why I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020.”
According to The Washington Post, which was the first to inform on the planned endorsement, Ocasio-Cortez will join Sanders at his rally called “Bernie’s Back”, just outside Cortez’s congressional district.
“We’re looking forward to Saturday,” Corbin Trent said, a spokesman for Cortez.
Sanders, who has been struggling to keep pace in the polls with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, had announced during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Ohio that a special guest would join him at a rally in the New York City borough of Queens on Saturday.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
Ocasio-Cortez, who was a volunteer organizer for Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign, has been one of the most influential figures among progressives since she defeated former Rep. Joseph Crowley in a 2018 primary.
Her endorsement could deal a blow to Warren, who is competing with Sanders for the liberal wing of the party’s base.
Sanders brought in $25.3 million during the third quarter of 2019, more than any other Democratic candidate.
News of the endorsements came during the last hour of the fourth Democratic presidential debate, where Sanders took the stage about two weeks after suffering a heart attack at a campaign event.