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With no viable path to the White House, Sanders changes tactics

by Take Two®

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont pumps his fists as he leaves the field after speaking at a rally in Seattle on March 25, 2016. Elaine Thompson/AP

A small but ardent contingent of Bernie Sanders supporters continue to hold out hope that his platform will continue, even if his campaign does not. 

Die-hards rallied outside of the CNN building in LA Sunday, protesting what they call unfair treatment by the media. 

Sanders himself has now tapped into this enthusiasm. His campaign sent out an email blast Tuesday asking donors to help fund delegates headed to the Philadelphia convention next month. 

So what's next for the Sanders camp? 

Take Two put that question to Clare Foran, associate editor for The Atlantic. 

An email sent from the Sanders campaign Tuesday called on supporters to chip in $2.70 to help delegates go to the convention in Philadelphia. The email, sent from his campaign manager Jeff Weaver, said, "We expect there could be critical votes for the party platform and electoral process." What does that mean? 

Bernie Sanders, even though he's technically still running for president, has shifted his attention towards a fight over what the party agenda is going to look like going forward. Even he doesn't appear to be contesting the nomination.

As the focus of Bernie Sanders turns to the party agenda, there's been this ongoing fight over what's going to be included in the party platform. It's not actually a binding document, but it is — kinda — a mission statement for the party about where the party is right now, what it supports, and where it's going in the future. Sanders has been working to include a lot of his ideas in the platform. 

That is still an ongoing process, but it's not expected to be finalized and voted on until the convention. The Sanders campaign is — kind of — obliquely threatening that they may make an issue out of it on the floor of the convention itself if they don't get their way. 

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(Answer has been edited for clarity.)

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