Senator Bernie Sanders has been in the game a while...a long while. He's widely praised by Vermont residents who have supported him since his early years as the mayor of Burlington. A Champion of the far left, many politicos are framing Sanders as a more progressive alternative to Hillary Clinton. Though he lacks the establishment support of a candidate like Clinton, his campaign is thriving in liberal cities like Madison, WI.

As Bernie continues his campaign for President, here are seven surprising facts you may not know.

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