Nov 12, 2019

The country's largest nurses' union will back Bernie Sanders in 2020

Sanders speaks during a health care rally at the 2017 Convention of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. Nurses wore red shirts in solidarity for the bill. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

National Nurses United, the country's biggest nurses' union, will endorse Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential race this week, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: It's significant that the group chose to back Sanders and his "Medicare for All" plan despite the fact that he's facing a progressive challenger in Elizabeth Warren on the issue.

  • The union also endorsed Sanders during the 2016 presidential election.
  • The decision will give Sanders millions in financial backing from the union's super PAC — despite the fact that the candidate, along with the Democratic field's more progressive members, have largely disavowed such support.

The big picture: Sanders has accumulated other endorsements from labor unions, including the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (which backed both him and Warren).

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Sanders says he just hit 4M individual donations — the fastest ever

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at an event in Las Vegas on Nov. 17. Photo: Bridget Bennett/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday his campaign has received more than 4 million individual contributions.

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Bernie Sanders surges in California primary poll

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has surged in a new California poll at the expense of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies survey published by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

The big picture: Warren's lead in September in the same poll dropped by 7 points to 22%, meaning she is statistically tied with — but nominally behind — Sanders, who sits at 24%. Biden also dipped by 6 points to 14%, with South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 12%.

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What to watch for in tonight's Democratic debate

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ATLANTA — Three developments are setting the stage for the fifth Democratic debate: impeachment hearings against President Trump, the release of Elizabeth Warren's Medicare for All plan details and Pete Buttigieg's sudden rocket to the top in Iowa polling.

Why it matters: The previous debates largely tested the resilience of two frontrunners, Joe Biden and Warren, with a focus on health care. Tonight's installment has the potential to shake up those dynamics.

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