Sanders Hints at Endgame

He says he's fighting for a progressive party platform
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2016 3:18 AM CDT
Updated Apr 27, 2016 6:35 AM CDT
Sanders Hints at Endgame
Sanders vowed to stay in the race until "the last vote is cast."   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Bernie Sanders isn't giving up the fight after Tuesday's primary results—but there may be a shift in what he's fighting for. In what Vox describes as "a major hint that the race is over" and a "savvy, classy way" to start winding down his campaign, Sanders issued a statement Tuesday night saying he is looking forward to "issue-oriented campaigns in the 14 contests" to come and that he plans to go to the Democratic convention with "as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform." Clinton won four out of five states and her delegate haul puts her 90% of the way to the nomination, according to the AP, leaving Sanders little chance of winning, even with his surprise victory in Rhode Island.

Sanders plans to "reassess his candidacy" Wednesday, according to the New York Times, and chief strategist Tad Devine says there will definitely be "adjustments" if it turns out there is no mathematical route to the nomination. The thing "to watch now is whether Sanders tempers his rhetoric against Clinton, a tacit acknowledgement that the math is close to conclusive, or whether he keeps going at her hammer and tongs," writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post. Politico notes that in her victory speech Tuesday night, Clinton praised Sanders, listed the policy priorities she shares with him, and urged his supporters to unite behind her. "There's much more that unites us than divides us," she said. (More Bernie Sanders stories.)

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