Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop on Jan. 4, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.
Mary Schwalm—AP
January 12, 2016 11:21 AM EST

The liberal grassroots organization endorsed Bernie Sanders on Tuesday by a large margin, boosting the Vermont senator in a tough fight with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Political Action supported Sanders with 78.6% of 340,665 votes, the organization said, reflecting broad grassroots enthusiasm for him. MoveOn has some 8 million members across the U.S. who can help organize votes for Sanders.

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“This is a massive vote in favor of Bernie Sanders, showing that grassroots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by his message and track record of standing up to big money and corporate interests to reclaim our democracy for the American people,” said Ilya Sheyman, political action executive director. “MoveOn members are feeling the Bern.”

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets supporters at a campaign stop on Jan. 4, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.
Mary Schwalm—AP

Sanders has won endorsements from Democracy for America, a 1 million-member grassroots liberal organization allied with MoveOn, as well as the Working Families Party, crucial in progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 election in New York City.

Whether the endorsements will translate into victories is still unclear. Clinton is ahead of Sanders in national polls and edges him out in Iowa, where the caucuses are held Feb. 1, and is a few points behind the Vermont senator in New Hampshire.

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