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Bernie Sanders Wins Big Union Backing, But Hillary Still Dominates

Bernie Sanders won key labor union backing today but still trails Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Sanders/Clinton)

Bernie Sanders won a key labor union backing today but still trails Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Sanders/Clinton)

Bernie Sanders scored a major endorsement today (Dec. 17) from the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which has more than 700,000 members nationwide. But rival Hillary Clinton still holds a substantial lead among unions and Democrats, according to a new nationwide poll.

The CWA represents workers in the fields of telecommunications and information technology, the news media, broadcast and cable television and airlines, according to its Web site.

National Nurses United and the American Postal Workers Union have also endorsed Sanders. He recently announced that he has raised campaign contributions from two million individual donors.

Clinton, however, leads in union endorsements. She’s backed by such major unions as the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.

In all, Clinton has won backing from unions representing more than 10 million of the nation’s 14.6 million union members, according to Politico.

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Meanwhile, Clinton leads Sanders by 33 points in the latest Monmouth University national poll of Democrats.

Clinton was favored by 59 percent of those polled compared with 26 percent for Sanders and 4 percent for former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The former Secretary of State was viewed favorably by 73 percent of those polled; 15 percent had an unfavorable opinion. Sanders was viewed favorably by 59 percent compared with a 16 percent unfavorable view. O’Malley was mostly unknown; 63 percent had no opinion of him.

The economy and jobs remained the top issue, followed by national security and terrorism and education

“Clinton successfully ran the gauntlet this fall, appearing before the Benghazi committee and outlasting the specter of a Biden candidacy. She really hasn’t lost ground since then,” according to a statement by Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.


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