Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders has ended his 2020 presidential bid.
Sanders announced on Wednesday morning that he would be suspending his campaign, leaving just former Vice President Joe Biden as the only remaining candidate on the Democratic side.
Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses supporters after suspending his 2020 campaign: “I want to express to each of you my deep gratitude for helping to create an unprecedented grassroots political campaign that has had a profound impact in changing our nation.” https://t.co/bpsDu5PxTc pic.twitter.com/ptLQLGvi4p
— ABC News (@ABC) April 8, 2020
The Vermont Senator was falling behind in the delegate count but was unable to make up any ground after being forced to cancel events amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News reports:
Sanders won New Hampshire’s primary and scored a landslie victory in the Nevada caucuses in late in February, as he surged to front-runner status in the nomination race.
The populist lawmaker then suffered a string of major primary defeats in his second straight presidential bid, but until now had refused to back out of the race, instead pressing Biden to embrace progressive policy positions.
But Biden has amassed a near-insurmountable delegate lead, following decisive victories on Super Tuesday as well as subsequent contests — before coronavirus measures forced most primaries on the calendar to be delayed.
Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on. https://t.co/MYc7kt2b16
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 8, 2020
ABC News adds:
His departure from the race comes amid a coronavirus pandemic that has roiled the 2020 election cycle. Voters in exit polls across multiple states and on several primary nights indicated that they trusted former Vice President Joe Biden over the veteran senator to handle a crisis. For example, in telephone surveys–which were conducted in lieu of traditional exit polls due to the pandemic, respondents overwhelmingly picked Biden over Sanders as the candidate they trusted more to handle a crisis, by 73% to 20% in Florida, 63% to 32% in Illinois and 63% to 31% in preliminary results in Arizona.
Sanders was endorsed not only by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but two other members of the so-called “Squad” of freshmen congresswomen of color: Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib. He was also endorsed by both leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington State and Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan.
Bernie Sanders says his movement has won the "ideological struggle" including making "mainstream" the idea of things like free college.
Note: Free college is an ideas that Joe Biden has now adopted into his platform.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 8, 2020
With Sanders’ decision to end his presidential campaign, he has now finished second in consecutive presidential bids. He first lost at the July convention in 2016 to Hillary Clinton, who ultimately lost to President Trump.
It’s Joe. https://t.co/dg7RUDVa9z
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) April 8, 2020