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Available Expert - Bernie Sanders and the end of the Democratic Party primary

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Queen's University political historian Christo Aivalis is available to comment on the conclusion of the Democratic Party's primary season and the lasting effect of Bernie Sanders' candidacy. Yesterday evening, Washington D.C. held the final vote of the primary season. Senator Sanders' opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, clinched the nomination last week. Senator Sanders has continued to resist pressure to bow out and endorse Clinton in a show of party unity, choosing to continue his campaign as leverage to win concessions from Clinton on his policy agenda and reforms to the Democratic Party nominating process.

"Sanders' decision to remain in the race, despite Secretary Clinton having already clinched the nomination isn't too much of a surprise," says Dr. Aivalis. "Not only had he earlier pledged to take the contest to the convention, but  he feels there is value in selling his messaging. It is also a reasonable for Sanders to go to the convention, given that he has put up a strong performance and has a large delegation. From a practical standpoint, there is hopes from the Sanders camp that this delegation, along with the message of the Sanders' campaign, will influence policy discussions and the tone of centrist Democrats who will need Bernie's coalition of young and progressive voters to win the general election."

Dr. Christo Aivalis is an adjunct professor in the Departmennt of History at Queen's University, with a research focused on the political left and labour movements. He is available for print or radio interviews on Wednesday, June 15.

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