If Bernie Sanders wanted Super Tuesday to be the start of a big comeback in the Democratic delegate race, well, he didn’t have a great night – and it showed in his speech Tuesday evening in Vermont.

Polls hadn’t even closed in many states by the time Sanders took the stage, and while he energetically ran through the talking points of his stump speech, it was his brief comments on Tuesday’s primary contests that stood out.

Twice, Sanders said that his candidacy isn’t just about becoming president, but rather about a “political revolution” and “transforming America.” Clearly, Sanders would be able to transform America the most if he were elected president, but with Hillary Clinton steamrolling him in the biggest states (after already building a significant lead in superdelegates), his path to the presidential nomination is narrowing rapidly.

So if he knows it will be tough to take the nomination away from Clinton, why stay in the race? There’s no question that his candidacy has moved Clinton to the left on some issues, and made income inequality and Wall Street bigger issues than they otherwise would have been.

Sanders’s comments on Super Tuesday could be a sign that his presidential run is ultimately as much about influencing the national dialogue — and the dialogue at the upcoming Democratic National Convention as anything else.