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Bernie Sanders campaigned for the presidency in 2016 and 2020. Sanders has served in Congress since 1991, and was elected as a senator in 2007. He is the longest-serving Independent in Congressional history, identifying as a Democratic Socialist and widely considered to land further left ideologically than the majority of Democrats. In 2016, Sanders centered his campaign around single-payer healthcare and free college education, but eventually lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton. The Sanders campaign was financed largely by grassroots support and small-dollar donations, especially from young voters. Sanders suspended his campaign in April of 2020 and endorsed presumed Democratic candidate Joe Biden soon after amid the United States outbreak of Coronavirus and suspended or limited primary elections.
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