Bernie Sanders just got one of his most unlikely endorsements yet

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Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat from Minnesota, is anti-abortion, anti-same-sex marriage, anti-gun control, in favor of the death penalty and a fiscal conservative.

But he's feeling the Bern. Or at least his district is, and that's enough for him to endorse Bernie Sanders for president.

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Bernie Sanders just got one of his most unlikely endorsements yet

Killer Mike of Run the Jewels 

The rapper has been very vocal within the hip-hop community about his endorsement of Sanders, and even introduced him at an Atlanta rally. 

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Danny DeVito 

In August 2015, the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' actor took to Twitter, saying, "Bernie Sanders...you're our only hope Obi-Wan Kenobi". 

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Mark Ruffalo

Ruffalo used Twitter to share his political stance on January 17th of this year, saying, "@BernieSanders is preferred 2-1 by young people because they know his means what he says."

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Susan Sarandon 

In June of last year, Sarandon posted a video titled 'Flashback: Rep. Bernie Sanders Opposes Iraq War' along with the caption "We need a leader who is courageous and levelheaded in times of crisis:Bernie Sanders ‪#‎Bernie2016‬.

The liberal activist has since been seen campaigning for Sanders in Portland, Maine and introducing him on the campaign trail. 

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Belinda Carlisle

Back in August of last year, the lead singer of The Go-Go's tweeted, "yes, I switched teams...my candidate!" above an announcement that Bernie Sanders would be joining CNN's State of the Union. 

Ever since then she has been an avid supporter on social media. 

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Justin Long 

The 'Dodgeball' actor introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign event in Des Moines shortly before the Iowa Caucus. 

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Sarah Silverman 

Sarah Silverman was among other celebs who headlined a fundraiser for the presidential candidate at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on January 26th. 

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George Lopez 

After tweeting "WATCHA I Am #feelingthebern. Today I'm proud to officially endorse @BernieSanders for President" late last year, the actor has made headlining appearances at Sanders' fundraising events. 

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Spike Lee 

After citing his endorsement on a radio show recently, he elaborated on his commitment to Sanders, saying: “Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action.”

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"I'm voting my district," Peterson told Forum News Service. "I'm going to vote for Bernie."

Peterson's pledge to vote for Sanders is not for the primaries — his state has already voted — but at the Democratic National Convention in July. As a member of Congress, he's automatically a superdelegate, which means he's free to vote as he wishes to at the convention. But despite his own political inclinations, he's aligning himself with the preference of his constituents, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of Sanders.

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As the Huffington Post notes, Peterson is one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress and a co-founder of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate Democrats that skew conservative on fiscal issues like taxation and regulation.

Bernie Sanders Just Got One of His Most Unlikely Endorsements Yet
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Peterson said he's not yet sure if he'll attend the convention, but that if he thinks his vote makes a difference in the final delegate count, he'll be there.

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"He's got something going," Peterson told Forum News Service. "He's tapped into something."

Currently Hillary Clinton has the support of almost all of the superdelegates who have announced whom they plan to vote for, although their pledges are not set in stone and could change, especially in the unlikely event that Sanders takes a decisive lead in the race for state delegates.

Peterson joins a handful of Wall Street bankers as Sanders' unlikeliest backers in this election cycle.

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