Their man lost the Ohio primary to Hillary Clinton. And he did not carry Cuyahoga County, getting a little more than 36 percent of the vote.
But many of Bernie Sanders' Cuyahoga County boosters are rededicating themselves to pushing his agenda in local politics. They've formed the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and are prepared to target Cleveland elections next year.
Sanders rallied 11,000 volunteers in the county. About 300 are pledged to the new group. The goal is to recruit a couple of thousand in the next few weeks.
Group member Yvonka Hall says the group's goals are to "energize, organize and mobilize the community."
And while many are praising Cleveland's progress , the group believes Cleveland's City Hall priorities need changing and residents need awakening
Member Dionne Thomas Carmichael says, "They need to feel the BERN. They need to be absolutely disgusted and do something about it."
Member, consumer class action lawyer Michael Berler explains, "We have a City Council and we have a mayor I think are under...the thumb of the Cleveland Clinic and backed by large corporations and funding downtown development, largely leaving the East Side to rot."
Member Delitha Starks says there needs to be a city hall housecleaning in next year's elections. "Absolutely I do. They are taking our votes for granted."
The caucus plans to field candidates in several council races.
The group supports a $15 minimum wage at local, state and federal levels and will specificly campaign for the Cleveland-only proposal being advanced by the group Raise Up Cleveland.
Berler argues that, "If people earn that much more money they are going to spend that much more. The community is going to be that much richer."
The group wants more and more serious job training to bring hope and opportunity to young people in impoverished neighborhoods.
Hall says, "African-American males between 15 and 65 in the city of Cleveland, 50 percent are unemployed. If that was any other community, we would be raising hell."
The group thinks the Republican National Convention emphasized an already-existing misplaced police priority of creating a safe downtown and giving the neighborhoods less protection.
Hall asks, "If we have the ability to police downtown, why don't we have the ability to police uptown?"
The group holds to Sanders' ideals. It envisions working toward single-payer health care, reforming the justice system and working to end racism and classism.
Some other counties are mounting similar groups evolving out of Sanders support.. There's talk of later coordinating them to play a role in state legislative races.
The group has two offices. One is in Lakewood. One is in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.
The biggest challenge in trying to have an impact in Cleveland, trying to energize and connect with notoriously apathetic voters.