- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has officially put his support behind several Democrats in the state.

Sanders has announced he is endorsing gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter, fellow Sen. Patrick Leahy (LAY’-hee), U.S. Rep. Peter Welch and T.J. Donovan’s bid for attorney general.

Sanders says he plans to campaign with the statewide candidates in the near future. Spokesman Michael Briggs tells The Burlington Free Press no campaign events have been scheduled yet.

Sanders has said he hadn’t offered an endorsement in the gubernatorial race because he has been focused on getting presidential nominee Hillary Clinton elected and hadn’t had a chance to speak to Minter about her campaign. Briggs says Sanders recently met with Minter.

Minter says she’s “thrilled” to receive Sander’s endorsement.

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