Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to meet with several of his most important supporters and advisers in Burlington, Vermont, on Sunday, as he faces increasing pressure to drop out of the Democratic presidential race.
The Vermont senator and his wife, Jane, will both attend the meeting that will center, in part, on the state of the race.
“He and Jane invited a couple dozen key supporters from around the country to come to Burlington,” said Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Sanders. “It will be a broad-ranging discussion.”
While Hillary Clinton has enough delegates to clinch the nomination, Sanders has refused to concede.
President Barack Obama endorsed Clinton on Thursday and called her the most qualified candidate ever to seek the White House, imploring Democrats to unite behind her. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who had carefully stayed out of the race, also endorsed Clinton.
Briggs said Sanders was committed to remaining in the race at least through Tuesday, when Washington, D.C., will hold the final contest of the primary season. He also said Sanders might be traveling back to campaign in Washington before its primary.
Sanders may be staying in the race to pressure the Democratic Party to inject more progressive ideals — like the call for a $15 federal minimum wage — into the Democratic platform at the national convention next month.
Meanwhile, he did not utter Clinton’s name at a Thursday night rally he held in Washington, and he has not commented on Clinton’s new endorsements.