Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, his campaign announced Wednesday.
The move from Sanders clears the way for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now the only Democratic candidate still running, to be the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee.
The news originally came in an email from Sanders’ campaign:
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) April 8, 2020
Later, the senator later addressed his supporters on social media:
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
BREAKING: Bernie Sanders tells his staff on a call that he is suspending his campaign. Will hold a livestream at 11:45 am.
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) April 8, 2020
BREAKING: Bernie Sanders bows out of presidential race.
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) April 8, 2020
BERNIE SANDERS has dropped out of the race for president, his campaign has announced.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 8, 2020
NEWS: Bernie Sanders is suspending his presidential campaign.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 8, 2020
The democratic socialist could never quite garner the same level of support that he had in 2016, when he squared off against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Still, Sanders was widely seen as the front-runner for the nomination after coming in second in Iowa and winning contests in New Hampshire and Nevada.
But Sanders’ campaign stalled after Biden won a much-needed and resounding victory in the South Carolina primary.
A day after Super Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg dropped out as well and endorsed Biden.
The endorsements for Biden kept pouring in as the establishment wing of the Democratic Party rallied around him.
Sanders’ campaign was never able to recover, and Biden became the front-runner.
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