Over the past few weeks, some (including Donald Trump) have entertained the theory that Bernie Sanders' decision to remain in the presidential race rested solely on the belief that Hillary Clinton would ultimately be indicted after a long investigation by the FBI.
But from the early stages of his campaign for the presidency, Sanders has made it clear that his run was never about his opponent — it was about his own ideas and those of his supporters. Many were dismayed, for instance, when Sanders refused to stress Clinton's email scandal during televised debates, but this refusal was characteristic of his idea-centered run.
And now, those who believe that Sanders has for months been clinging to the hope that the FBI will eventually indict Clinton must face some strong evidence to the contrary.
According to a Sanders spokesperson, the FBI's decision, reached publicly on Tuesday, to not recommend charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server will not affect his decision to stay in the race.