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Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Pocan becomes ninth Wisconsin superdelegate to back Clinton

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan announced today he is backing Hillary Clinton, becoming the ninth Wisconsin superdelegate to pledge their support to the former secretary of state.

Clinton now has a 9-1 edge for Wisconsin's 10 superdelegates over Bernie Sanders, who won the state's presidential primary in April with 56.6 percent of the vote. Delegates to this month's Dem state convention approved a resolution calling on the superdelegates to cast their votes 6-4 for Sanders to reflect the primary results, but that call is nonbinding.

Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, had been waiting for the conclusion of the primaries before announcing who he will support. Tuesday's Washington, D.C., primary was the final one ahead of the national convention next month in Philadelphia.

“Now that every single person has been allowed to cast their vote, it is evident that Hillary Clinton will be our nominee and I pledge my support to her in this endeavor," Pocan said in announcing his support. "I am proud of the way in which Hillary has taken on progressive issues such as universal child care, debt free college and a ban on military style assault weapons. I look forward to working with her to continue to promote progressive values. Democrats face a dangerous, racist fear mongerer this election and Hillary Clinton is more than up to the task of soundly defeating Donald Trump."

-- By JR Ross


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