Bernie Sanders’ Group Endorses Deborah Ross

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ political advocacy group Our Revolution on Tuesday endorsed former state senator Deborah Ross (D-N.C.) as she tries to unseat Republican Sen. Richard Burr.

The group, launched last month by the Vermont independent and former Democratic presidential candidate, said Ross was “focused on making college affordable and addressing the student debt, preventing trade deals and tax breaks from shipping jobs overseas, and protecting retirement benefits for seniors.”

While Ross wasn’t one of the top choices for national Democrats, who worked to recruit Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and former Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, among others, polling in the Tar Heel State has shown a competitive race with the two-term incumbent.

In Morning Consult’s Senator Approval Rankings, compiled from surveys conducted over the past several months, 41 percent of North Carolina voters approve of Burr’s job performance, while one-third disapprove. More than one in four voters (26 percent) said they didn’t know or had no opinion of the incumbent, which could pose a challenge for him on Election Day if straight-ticket voting trends from recent presidential elections continue.

Ross is the third Senate candidate to earn Our Revolution’s endorsement. Earlier this month, the group endorsed former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, who’s challenging Sen. Ron Johnson (R), and Misty Snow of Utah, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Mike Lee (R).