WATCH: Bernie Sanders Scores First Endorsement From a Fellow U.S. Senator

Sen. Jeff Merkley from Oregon endorsed Democrat Bernie Sanders for president in a New York Times op-ed, just days before the decisive New York state primary on April 19.

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, announced his endorsement of Sanders in a New York Times column, saying he supports Sanders for his work battling economic inequality, opposing trade deals and fighting for the middle class.

"It is time to recommit ourselves to that vision of a country that measures our nation's success not at the boardroom table, but at kitchen tables across America," wrote Merkley, the junior U.S. senator from Oregon.

Merkley's announcement precedes Oregon's May 17 primary.