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Bernie Sanders addresses his wounded “revolutionaries” in Arizona

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was unable to come up with a sequel to his “Michigan miracle” last week, dropping the key state of Ohio and a majority of delegates Tuesday night to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

After dropping Ohio and Florida and with results in Illinois and Missouri still in doubt, Sanders spoke to a boisterous crowd in Phoenix, Arizona where he attempted to rally the troops and keep his self-styled political “revolution” rolling despite newly longer odds.

“Don’t settle for the status quo when the status quo is broken,” said Sanders, who sounded newly emboldened after taking a potentially mortal electoral wound.

Sanders, by and large, gave a variation of his familiar stump speech about a broken campaign finance system, European-style universal health care, and raising the minimum wage. He drew contrasts between himself and Clinton and per usual, stridently attacked Donald Trump, saying he is supported to a significant degree by racists and bigots.

Not visibly downtrodden by what supporter hope would be a three-state sweep of the Midwest on Tuesday, he predicted a win in the state of Arizona next week. The states of California and Hawaii also present favorable opportunities for the septuagenarian independent lawmaker.

Sanders now faces long odds if he is to topple Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Analysts report he would need to capture some 70 percent of the remaining delegates to win.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at

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