Bernie Sanders is no longer a 2020 presidential candidate. The Vermont senator dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Wednesday, ending his 5-year run for the White House.
In a live stream on Wednesday morning, Mr. Sanders sounded gracious and resolute as he announced his decision. “I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour,” Mr. Sanders said.
Sanders’ exit nominates former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the presumptive challenger for President Donald Trump. By leaving liberal candidate also ends the progressive movement for all 2020 voters.
Though he made it clear that he viewed Mr. Biden as the party’s 2020 nominee, he said he would remain on the ballot in states that still have primaries and would continue to gather delegates — a move that would give him leverage to influence the Democratic platform and continue carrying his message.
“While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not,” he added.
Mr. Sanders’ campaign began to dip prior to the Coronavirus outbreak after a series of lopsided losses to Mr. Biden, beginning in South Carolina in late February and culminating with a string of losses last month in crucial states like Michigan and Florida. With COVID-19 forcing Americans to stay home, both candidates spent the last several weeks on the sidelines with many democrats calling Mr. Sanders to exit the race and help unify the party behind Mr. Biden.
This was Mr. Sanders’ second run at the White House. He championed and popularized liberal policies like “Medicare for all” and free four-year public colleges aimed at lifting up America’s working class.