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Bernie Sanders Shifts Focus From Nomination to Influencing Presidential Race

Democratic nominee vows to fight for ”progressive party platform“ after losing four of five East Coast primaries to Hilary Clinton on Tuesday

After losing four of five East Coast primaries to Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders vowed to fight for a “progressive party platform,” but he didn’t mention the fight for a presidential nomination.

“This campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free, and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change,” Sanders said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

“The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be,” he continued. “That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast.”

Earlier in the evening, Clinton took Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware, while Sanders won Rhode Island.

Moving forward, Clinton could lose every remaining primary by a wide margin and still capture her party’s nomination, according to an Associated Press analysis.

“We will unify our party to win this election and build an America where we can all rise together,” she told supporters at the Philadelphia Convention Center Tuesday night. “An America where we lift each other up instead of tearing each other down.”

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, Donald Trump is another step closer to the GOP nomination after sweeping Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut.

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