There aren’t much bigger endorsements than this one in Democratic politics in 2018.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday endorsed Pete D’Alessandro’s in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, a move that could unleash a surge of fundraising and grassroots activism for a candidate running in a crowded Democratic primary field.

In a statement, Sanders said he was giving D’Alessandro his “strongest” endorsement:

“Pete has spent his entire career fighting for working families and as a champion of progressive values, and I’m convinced that he would be an unwavering advocate in Congress for the people of Iowa,” Sanders said in a statement released by the campaign. “Whether it’s supporting Medicare for All, a $15/hour minimum wage, or bold action to fight climate change, Pete D’Alessandro has proven that he is the right choice for people disgusted by what goes on in Washington.”

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