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Sanders supporters in Bellingham not ready to give up

About 200 marchers file down West Holley Street during the March for Bernie Rally on Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham. The march started at City Hall, moved down Commercial Street through downtown, then onto Holly Street ending at Maritime Heritage Park.
About 200 marchers file down West Holley Street during the March for Bernie Rally on Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2016, in downtown Bellingham. The march started at City Hall, moved down Commercial Street through downtown, then onto Holly Street ending at Maritime Heritage Park. For The Bellingham Herald

About 200 people rallied and marched for Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday, July 24, from Bellingham City Hall to Maritime Heritage Park.

Co-organizer Paula Smith of Blaine said the purpose of the rally ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was to keep the movement to nominate the Vermont senator going. “We still think he can be nominated,” she said, “We’re here to keep the political movement going. We really believe in him.”

The Bellingham rally was one of more than 100 organized across the nation, according to the March for Bernie Facebook page.

Throngs of Bernie Sanders supporters also marched in Philadelphia on Sunday to show their support of him and disdain for Hillary Clinton on the eve of the convention.

Though planned for months, Sunday’s marches came as fractures appeared in the party that had been trying to display unity in recent weeks. Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned Sunday as Democratic Party chair over an email suggesting the DNC had played favorites for Clinton during the primary. It was a stunning leadership shakeup as party officials gather in Philadelphia to nominate Clinton.

Sanders had called for Wasserman Schultz’s resignation, and said Sunday night she made the right decision for the party’s future by resigning.

The day of the march was updated July 25, 2016.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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