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Sanders calls for a 'transformation' of the Democratic Party as he moves toward exiting race

Sanders calls for a 'transformation' of the Democratic Party as he moves toward exiting race

Bernie Sanders began to shift Tuesday from a campaign for votes to a bid to maintain influence in national politics, calling for "a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party" as he sought to set the terms for his formal exit from the presidential race.

On the day he lost the last nominating contest of the season, the District of Columbia primary, to Hillary Clinton, Sanders was clearly a man in transition. He made his first appearance in months at the Senate Democrats' weekly policy luncheon and even joined his colleagues in the formal "class photo" in the Senate chamber.

In the evening, he met with...

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