Endorsements by National Organizations

2016  |  2008  |  2004
A key area to watch as 2019 progresses will be endorsements by national labor unions.  The first endorsement of this cycle came from the IAFF for Biden on Apr. 29, 2019.  In the 2015-16 Democratic primary Hillary Clinton gained overwhelming support of organized labor starting with the AFT endorsement on July 11, 2015.  Sanders had just a handful of national labor endorsements, but one of them, National Nurses United, was particularly active on his behalf.  In 2007-08 endorsements split among Clinton, Obama and Edwards and one for Dodd.  Clinton received an early endorsement from RWDSU in May 2017; Obama did not receive his first endorsement until Jan. 9, 2008 from UA - Plumbers and Pipefitters.  In 2003-04 Gephardt led in the number of endorsements, starting with early support from the Iron Workers (April 9, 2003) and the Bricklayers (May 21, 2003).  Kerry followed with endorsements from eight nationals, led by the IAFF on Sept. 24, 2013.  Dean obtained endorsements from just three nationals—IUPAT, SEIU, and AFSCME—but those three were very active in supporting him. [AFL-CIO affil. unions]
See also: Endorsements by Elected Officials

updated November 16, 2019 

American Federation of Teachers (process)
National Education Association (process)


International Association of Fire Fighters (Apr. 29, 2019)

LGBTQ Victory Fund (June 28, 2019)

Latino Victory Fund (Aug. 1, 2019)


United Farm Workers (Nov. 16, 2019)
Indian American Impact Fund (Apr. 17, 2019)


National Nurses United (Nov. 15, 2019)
UE, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (Aug. 26, 2019)
Democratic Socialists of America (Mar. 22, 2019)
Progressive Democrats of America (Mar. 12, 2019)

Working Familes Party (Sept. 16, 2019)
Progressive Campaign Change Committee (Feb. 9, 2019)


Log Cabin Republicans (Aug. 16, 2019)

also see: California-based National Union of Healthcare Workers split endorsement of Warren and Sanders (Sept. 26, 2019)