Congressman: Sanders victory may endanger House Democrats

House Majority Whip James Clyburn says many voters are leary of 'socialist' label.

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February 24, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders takes the stage to speak to supporters at Valley High School in Santa Ana, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Photo by (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON —The highest-ranking African-American in Congress warned that if Bernie Sanders is the 2020 Democratic nominee the party could lose many of the moderate seats they won to retake the House in 2018.

“It’s going to be tough to hold on to these jobs if you have to make the case for a self-proclaimed democratic socialist,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn said on ABC’s “This Week.” Many voters are “leery” of the socialist label, he added.

Democrats won a majority in the House in 2018 with the party’s largest gain in the chamber since 1974. Some of the seats flipped in that election had been held by Republicans for years, and were in districts won by President Donald Trump in 2016.

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