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Via Washington Post:

As Bernie Sanders stepped back out on the campaign trail Wednesday, he gave much the same feisty hour-long speech that he has for the past year, decrying the outsize influence of the billionaire class in front of a large crowd.

But Sanders was confronting a new reality, one in which he has virtually no chance of catching Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The senator from Vermont seemed to acknowledge his dwindling fortunes early in his remarks, suggesting another rationale for staying in the race after losing four of five Eastern primary states on Tuesday: shaping the Democratic party platform.

“We are in this campaign to win, but if we do not win, we intend to win every delegate we can, so that when we go to Philadelphia in July we are going to have the votes to put together the strongest progressive agenda that any political party has ever seen,” Sanders said to boisterous applause.

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