Bernie Sanders Ends His Presidential Campaign
Senator Bernie Sanders has ended his campaign for president, it was announced on Wednesday. The Vermont senator will no longer seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Sanders was not widely expected to announce a decision at this time.
“I wanted to just let everyone know that in a half hour I will be publicly announcing the suspension of our campaign. needless to say this is a very difficult and painful decision for me,” Sanders said.
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“There is no alternative,” he said.
Sanders enjoyed initial success in the Democratic racing. He came in a virtual tie with Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Iowa and went on to win New Hampshire. However, former President Joe Biden won South Carolina and then swept the boards on Super Tuesday.
BREAKING: Sen. @BernieSanders suspends presidential campaign. "I wanted to just let everyone know that in a half hour I will be publicly announcing the suspension of our campaign. needless to say this is a very difficult and painful decision for me." "There is no alternative"
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Though Biden hasn’t won enough delegates to secure the party’s nomination on the first ballot at the convention, it was widely understood that he would be the candidate. If Sanders had remained in the race he might have forced a second ballot, at which point super delegates would likely have confirmed Biden as the choice.
More details of Sanders’ decision are yet to be announced but his exit leaves Biden as the only credible Democratic presidential nominee.