Senator Bernie Sanders has officially confirmed that he will once again run as an independent in next year’s re-election for Senate.
“I am an independent and I have always run in Vermont as an independent, while I caucus with the Democrats in the United States Senate. That’s what I’ve been doing for a long time and that’s what I’ll continue to do,” Sanders said in an interview.
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) October 23, 2017
Many have wondered about Sanders’ future with the Democratic Party since he ran as a Democratic candidate in the presidential primaries last year.
Recently, Sanders has faced pressure to officially run for Senate as a member of the Democratic Party. Democratic National Committee (DNC) member Bob Mulholland introduced a resolution at the party’s fall meeting that would have demanded both Sanders and Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine, run as Democrats in the future.
Luckily, the resolution failed after not receiving the required number of majority votes to pass.
Senator King will also run for re-election as an independent.
Sanders is currently serving his second term as a U.S. Senator. He won re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. There is still speculation that Sanders will run for president again in 2020, but he has not confirmed the rumors.