BCT: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders might have lost the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but his passion and influence on his loyal supporters — as well as the Democratic party — may be felt for generations and beyond in the national political arena.
There’s no doubt that Sanders played a major role in bringing unity to what started as a bitter and divided convention last week in Philadelphia, according to Gerald Pomper, a professor emeritus at Rutgers University, who specializes in American politics and elections.
“He had considerable impact,” Pomper said.
Even on TV audiences.
The Nielsen ratings service determined more people tuned in to watch the Vermont senator speak than to watch President Barack Obama address the DNC. MORE