25 May 2016 at 12:08 GMT
Supporters of the Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton and backers of her Democrat rival Bernie Sanders are guardedly optimistic that compromises can be reached to overcome the sharp barbs the campaigns exchanged in recent weeks, says Bloomberg View columnist Albert R. Hunt. "The acrimony [...], inflamed in recent weeks, is likely to be resolved with a series of compromises that will bring relative unity in the weeks after next month's final primaries," Hunt says. Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat and Sanders supporter, expressed confidence that "the road is being paved" for a rapprochement, Hunt says. The Sanders camp has begun considering how to preserve "the Bernie brand", and that would include winning important platform planks and getting credit for energising Democrat voters in the autumn, Hunt says. Clinton's campaign wants Sanders to control his more fervent followers and some of the "Never Hillary" contingent among them. "There might be resistance," Hunt says.
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