Sanders to Meet With Top Supporters to Discuss Campaign’s Future

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will meet Sunday with top supporters at his home in Burlington, Vermont, to discuss the future of his campaign, according to people who are slated to attend.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison said that he “just might go,” while Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, another Sanders supporter, said he definitely plans to meet with Sanders this weekend to discuss the path forward for his campaign.

“He’s seeking our advice after meeting with others here and wants to meet with supporters,” said Grijalva, who added that he wanted to push to influence the platform and party rules at the Democratic convention in July.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said Friday on CNN’s “New Day” that Sanders will bring “a group together this coming Sunday to discuss kind of the path forward.”

The Sanders campaign confirmed the meeting would take place, but declined to provide further details, including what will be discussed.

“The senator and Jane invited a couple dozen key supporters and advisers from around the country to meet with them on Sunday in Burlington,” spokesman Michael Briggs said.

The meeting follows a tough week for Sanders. On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton emerged as the presumptive Democratic nominee, and on Thursday, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw their support behind Clinton. Thursday afternoon, Sanders met with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who later quipped to reporters that Sanders had “accepted” the reality that his candidacy was nearing its end.

Sanders has publicly vowed to continue his campaign in the hopes of peeling away enough superdelegates from Clinton to capture the nomination at the party’s convention in July.

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