Presidential candidate currently has over a hundred congressional endorsements, putting her far ahead of all her competition for the Democratic party nomination. Meanwhile, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will receive his very first congressional endorsement on Friday, Oct. 9.
Congressional endorsements are invaluable for any presidential candidate, according to FiveThirtyEight. Congressmen who throw their weight behind a candidate often provide fundraising support and a stamp of respectability. An endorsement from a senator or representative also means that a candidate can reliably expect a higher number of votes from their constituencies.
When measuring party support through sheer numbers, the Clinton campaign is a juggernaut. The Hill reports that the former New York Senator currently holds 123 from members of the house and senate. Clinton has over a hundred more votes of confidence than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who leads the Republican pack with 16 congressional endorsements, the second highest number.
The latest congressman to endorse Clinton is Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. Famed for his civil rights advocacy, Lewis announced his support on Wednesday, Sept. 7, according to NBC.
"As our former Secretary of State, Senator from New York, and first Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to be President of the United States," Lewis says in a written statement.
"I know her heart. We need her leadership, not just here in America, but all over the world. She is tireless in her advocacy for those who have been left out and left behind. She is ready to be President on day one. Hillary Clinton has my wholehearted endorsement, and I plan to work and campaign for her to see that she is elected the next President of the United States."
Clinton’s closest competitor for the Democratic party nomination for president, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, will accrue his first endorsement on Friday, according to the Huffington Post. Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona is touted to endorse Sanders during a campaign rally in Tucson. The two congressmen share a history, Grijalva is the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which Sanders co-founded.
According to the Huffington Post, which aggregates polling ata, Clinton leads amongst voters for the Democratic nomination with 43.5 percent, Sanders in second with 25.3 percent. In third is Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to announce a campaign, with 20 percent.