BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday congratulated Pramila Jayapal on her victory in the Democratic primary for Washington’s 7th Congressional District.
“Pramila just proved that candidates can run a strong progressive campaign funded by small-dollar donors and win big,” Sanders said. “The people-powered movement that propelled our campaign to victory in states around the country is already changing how campaigns are run up and down the ticket.”
Jayapal trailed early in the race, but saw a steady climb in the polls following Sanders’ endorsement on April 13. In addition to campaigning with her, the Vermont senator helped Jayapal raise $226,000 from 27,692 individual donations and recruited volunteers to make 140,314 phone calls and knock doors.
“When you think of the political revolution, I want you to think about Pramila,” Sanders said.
Jayapal now moves on to the general election in November where she will face one of two opponents she beat in Tuesday’s primary by more than 16 points.