Sanders drops out of 2020 presidential race

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2020 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign on Wednesday, April 8.

“I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth”, Senator Bernie Sanders solemnly stated during a livestream in his Vermont home, “we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path towards victory is virtually impossible. So while we are winning the ideological battle and while we are winning the support of so many young people and working people throughout the country, I have concluded that this battle for the democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today, I am announcing the suspension of my campaign”. 

  Sanders’ departure means the nomination for the presumptive democratic candidate has become a one-horse race, with Joe Biden firmly commanding the reins. The party’s biggest challenge, as the Vermont Senator alluded to in his livestream, now lies in unification to defeat Donald Trump. 

  He also mentioned that although dropped out, he will continue to collect delegates, which will give him and his message influence for the democratic platform in the coming months. 

  The self-labeled Democratic Socialist has had a rollercoaster of a campaign from the very beginning. In every debate and commanding speech, Sanders consistently preached his viewpoints of universal healthcare as a human right, free tuition for public colleges, and attacks on climate change. His polarizing ideas led to polarizing support, but his efforts led to what many see as far-left proposals becoming more widely spoken about. 

  The “Not me. Us”campaign reached its peak in the early stages of the primary election. Sanders won both New Hampshire and Nevada while also coming just votes away from winning Iowa. His early successes and drop outs from other candidates helped surge support in his campaign and position him as an early leader. 

  However, Biden’s winning performances in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday, shifted momentum drastically in the former Vice President’s favor. Combine this with COVID-19 forcing Sanders to escentially campaign from home, and Biden’s presence results in taking a dominant lead. 

  Although the 78 year-old senator has suspended his campaign, Sanders left his supporters with a call to action to continue working towards his vision. 

“To me the beauty I will remember most is in the faces of the people we have met from one corner of this nation to another. The compassion, love, and decency I have seen in them makes me so hopeful for our future. It also makes me more determined than ever to work to create a nation that reflects those values and lifts up all of our people. Please stay in this fight with me. Let us go forward together. The struggle continues”.