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>> Bernie Sanders' insurgent campaign transformed the Democratic Party primary from what might have been a quiet coronation into a noisy, barnstorming brawl over the future of America. But the sun, long ago began to set on Sanders presidential hopes. And on Tuesday he will join Hillary Clinton for the first time on the campaign trail.
Where he is expected to endorse the presumptive nominee. Many Sanders' supporters nonetheless dreading the day. Sanders and his surrogates spend much of the campaign expressing outrage over Clinton's ties to Wall Street. Her support for free trade and her vote in favor of invading Iraq. Many who rallied to the Vermont Senator did so precisely because his values and vision appeared directly opposed to the party establishment.
>> We need to plant the flag of progressive politics in every state in this country.>> The banners read Bernie or Bust not go along to get along. But Sanders was resoundingly beaten in the primary both in elected delegates and party super delegates. And as that reality slowly began to sink in, so did this one.
Even Bernie Sanders prefers Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. The joint appearance, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Tuesday, comes after Clinton last week adopted elements of Sanders' plans for free tuition at public colleges and expanded affordable healthcare. But a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll shows only about 40% of Sanders' supporters say they will back Clinton.
Meaning Clinton needs her former rival to shepherd his flock behind her in the general election.