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Bernie Sanders: “Yes,” I’ll Vote for Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders on Friday said that he will vote for Hillary Clinton this fall. “Yes,” the Vermont senator said when asked the question on MSNBC. “I think the issue right here is: I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump.”

Bernie, though, also made it clear that he has no plans to officially end his campaign before Democrats arrive in Philadelphia later this summer. “What my job right now is,” he said, “is fight for the strongest possible platform at the Democratic convention.” Nonetheless, his admission that he plans to vote for his rival is the latest—and most direct—acknowledgement that the primary race is indeed over. (The furthest Sanders would go during a lengthy C-SPAN interview on Wednesday was to concede, “It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee.”)

It turns out, nothing brings a party together quite like campaigning against a race-baiting demagogue who poses a unique danger to the world.

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the 2016 campaign.