Bernie Sanders is silent tonight as he contemplates his future – but have there been clues along the way about his next steps?
On Sunday, he said he has no plans of being a masochist.
Later, at a Michigan rally, he said: “This campaign is about a presidential election, but it’s about far more than that – it’s about creating a movement.”
Sanders knew that tonight could be a disappointing one, advisers said, but he did not expect such a crushing defeat in Michigan. He was counting on Michigan to revive his campaign and show that his coalition could grow.
“This was his path. Tonight was his path,” one top adviser said. “It didn’t happen.”
So what’s next? Advisers are not certain, saying it’s a decision that the senator and his wife, Jane, will make together.
But this adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Sanders is still intent on debating Biden on Sunday in Phoenix. After that, it’s an open question, with a tough road of primaries ahead in the coming weeks.