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Congressional candidate Randy Bryce with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders

A screenshot of the latest ad for congressional candidate Randy Bryce, left, features U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Sanders is endorsing Bryce for House Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional seat. 

RACINE COUNTY — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has thrown his support to Democratic Wisconsin 1st Congressional District candidate Randy Bryce.

In a statement released Monday Sanders, who ran an unsuccessful, but strong race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination — including a victory in the Wisconsin primary — said Congress needs someone like Bryce, a labor activist from Caledonia, in Washington, D.C.

“We’ve got to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from people like Paul Ryan,” Sanders’ statement says. “I think Randy Bryce has an agenda that is going to make sense to working families.”

Bryce is trying to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan, but he must first win his primary with Janesville School Board member Cathy Myers, and possibly other candidates. The primary election is scheduled for August 2018.

A campaign video shows Sanders and Bryce together, talking primarily about health care and taxes. In the video, Sanders says to Bryce, “You’ve got an agenda that’s going to make sense to the working families of your community. Just work hard, get elected. We need you in the Congress.”

The general election for the congressional seat will be in November 2018.

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Ricardo Torres covers federal, state and Racine County politics along with the Village of Mount Pleasant. He bleeds Wisconsin sports teams.

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