Fourteen.That\u0026#039;s how many Democratic presidential nominating contests remain. From Indiana next week to the District of Columbia on June 14—with delegate prizes as large as 546 in California and small as 12 in Guam to be won in between—14 states and territories have yet to hold their respective caucus or primary.\u0022That\u0026#039;s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast,\u0022 said Bernie Sanders on Tuesday night, following a win in Rhode Island and losses to rival Hillary Clinton in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.\u0022The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be,\u0022 he said.\u0022That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible,\u0022 Sanders continued, \u0022to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free, and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change.\u0022He struck a similar tone in West Virginia on Tuesday evening, telling a cheering crowd in Huntington: \u0022This campaign is not just about electing a president, it is about transforming a nation.\u0022To some degree, Sanders\u0026#039; campaign has already done that, argued commentator Jim Hightower in an op-ed on Tuesday.\u0022Sanders\u0026#039; vivid populist vision, unabashed idealism, and big ideas for restoring America to its own people have jerked the presidential debate out of the hands of status quo corporatists, revitalized the class consciousness and relevance of the Democratic Party, energized millions of young people to get involved, and proven to the Democratic establishment that they don\u0026#039;t have to sell out to big corporate donors to raise the money they need to run for office,\u0022 Hightower wrote.\u0022Bernie has substantively—even profoundly—changed American politics for the better, which is why he\u0026#039;s gaining more and more support and keeps winning delegates,\u0022 he continued. \u0022From the start, he said: \u0026#039;This campaign is not about me\u0026#039;— it\u0026#039;s a chance for voters who have been disregarded and discarded to forge a new political revolution that will continue to grow beyond this election and create a true people\u0026#039;s government.\u0022And Sanders, in some capacity, will be there to help that revolution take shape.\u0022Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats. I am proud of my campaign\u0026#039;s record in that regard.\u0022—Senator Bernie SandersAccording to USA Today on Wednesday, Sanders strategist Tad Devine \u0022said Monday that Sanders will arrive at the convention with enough\u0026nbsp;pledged delegates to\u0026nbsp;file minority reports—or dissents from the majority—at the event, which could prolong\u0026nbsp;it by requiring debates\u0026nbsp;on the issues most important to him\u0026nbsp;if the campaigns don\u0026#039;t negotiate their differences. Democratic Party rules allow for minority reports at the request of 25% of members on the convention\u0026#039;s Platform, Credentials and Rules committees.\u0022Among the issues Sanders wants to tackle at the convention, according to Devine, are voter participation, campaign funding, and the controversial system of superdelegates.To that end, MSNBC wrote, a big victory in California\u0026#039;s June 7 primary would \u0022at least enhance Sanders\u0026#039; bargaining position with Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party heading into the July convention in Philadelphia.\u0022The Nation\u0026#039;s D.D. Guttenplan echoed that argument on Wednesday, writing that Sanders and his supporters have a \u0022responsibility...to keep fighting for a living wage, free public college education, truly universal healthcare, an environmentally and economically sustainable energy system and an end to the endless wars of regime change that grind up so many men and women in the only jobs program embraced by conventional politics.\u0022To fulfill that obligation, said Guttenplan, \u0022Sanders needs to come to the table with as strong a hand—and as many delegates—as possible.\u0022Meanwhile, observers on Wednesday pointed to another line in his Tuesday night statement, in which he touted his \u0022resounding victory\u0022 in Rhode Island and noted it was \u0022the one state with an open primary where independents had a say in the outcome.\u0022\u0022Democrats should recognize that the ticket with the best chance of winning this November must attract support from independents as well as Democrats,\u0022 said Sanders. \u0022I am proud of my campaign\u0026#039;s record in that regard.\u0022Writing at International Business Times, reporter Cristina Silva seized on that remark.\u0022Is Bernie Sanders angling to become vice president?\u0022 Silva wondered, suggesting his \u0022move to underscore his own appeal among independents in the context of \u0026#039;the ticket\u0026#039; could be a deliberate shift\u0022 from previous statements in which he said he would not want to be Clinton\u0026#039;s vice president.\u0026nbsp;Silva continued:In recent weeks, Sanders campaign has said it is going to take its fight for the nomination all the way to the convention — where neither candidate is expected to have the necessary pledged delegate count to win on the first ballot. That could set up a divisive battle for so-called “super delegates” — elected officials and other party powerbrokers who get to independently vote on the nomination. Of late, Sanders\u0026#039; campaign has been citing polls that show him a stronger general election nominee to make the case that super delegates should consider supporting him at the convention. But if Clinton puts Sanders on the ticket, she might be able to\u0026nbsp;circumvent a divisive convention battle in the name of a unity ticket.Polls continue to show Sanders beating GOP frontrunner Donald Trump by considerably more sizeable margins than Clinton.