It’s Vice-President Joe Biden’s show now. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who once held a commanding lead in the Democratic primary, has now withdrawn from the presidential race. He has acknowledged that Biden is too far ahead and has the party’s support to take on Donald Trump.
Sanders made the announcement in a call with his campaign staff, his campaign said. He then tweeted out his decision, saying, “Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on.”
The Vermont senator’s announcement makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee in November. Bernie held a conference at 11:45 a.m. ET.
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Sanders’ departure from the race delivers a disappointing blow to progressives, who were passionate and vocal about Sanders’ re-imagining of health care, climate change and economic inequality. Here are some reactions:
Even as his popularity grew, it wasn’t enough for the Vermont senator to broaden his support. The Bern has been doused.