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The Lid: Bernie Sanders Finally Says the E-Word

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Thirty-six days after Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders finally said the E-word, telling a crowd in New Hampshire that "I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president." And as NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald puts it, it wasn't a "lesser-of-two-evils" kind of announcement, either. "[I]nstead of framing it as a capitulation to his erstwhile rival, Sanders positioned his endorsement as the logical continuation of his movement," Seitz-Wald writes. While some fraction of Sanders supporters are no doubt disappointed, today's partnership is beneficial for both former rivals. Clinton gets Sanders' seal of approval to get the progressive wing of her party more energized, while Sanders gets to edge back into more mainstream Democrats' good graces to maintain his influence even after irking some top Dems for dragging his feet on the nod. Here's our question though: How much MORE pop would this endorsement have had three weeks ago, when Sanders' valiant fight was still fresh in voters' minds?

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