Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders files for Senate 2024 re-election – as an Independent

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders files for Senate 2024 re-election – as an Independent
Bernie Sanders/Shutterstock
Bernie Sanders/Shutterstock

For nearly all of his political career Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has officially been an independent. In 2015 he entered the presidential race as a Democrat, losing the nomination in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. After the election, Sanders rejected his affiliation with the Democratic Party, and once again registered as an independent.


Several weeks ago Senator Sanders announced he is again running for president, and – despite new DNC rules – running as a Democrat.

The DNC, likely to avoid candidates using the party's resources while not actually supporting them, established a rule mandating that candidates who run as Democrats must be declared Democrats for at least 30 days prior to that announcement.

But, as The Daily Beast reports, Senator Sanders has just filed his Senate 2024 campaign re-election bid, and registered as an independent.

It's unclear if this could be a flagrant violation of the new DNC rules. The Sanders campaign has said it would sign a form promising he would run and, should he win the White House, serve as a Democrat.

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