Despite losing four out of five states in the April 26 primaries, Senator Bernie Sanders plans to march on to the Democratic National Convention. But the candidate is starting to focus on influencing the Democratic Party’s platform.
Sanders congratulated Hillary on her wins in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland, and said that he was looking forward to an “issue-oriented campaign” looking forward to the next 14 contests.
The Vermont senator said that every citizen of the United States should have a right to decide what the Democratic Party’s agenda should be and who they want for president. He added, “That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast.”
The senator’s statement comes after conflicting reports of where the campaign was headed. Tad Devine, chief strategist for Sanders’ campaign, told the New York Times that the campaign may reassess its path if the losses were substantial in all five states. Later that day, Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, denied any reassessments.
Facing a near-insurmountable delegate count, Sanders is slowly trying to get Clinton to adopt some of his platform. He said it would be Clinton’s job to convince all voters – not just his supporters – that she is the right choice for the next President of the United States.
In the polls, Sanders still beats Trump by a much larger margin than Clinton, who is just barely ahead by 3 points.