Senator Bernie Sanders ended his bid for the White House on Wednesday, effectively handing the Democratic nomination to former Vice President Joe Biden and ending hopes that a progressive challenger would take on President Donald Trump in November.
The senator will stay on the ballot, however, in all states that have yet to hold their primaries in order to gather as many delegates ― and “influence over the platform,” he said in a live stream ― as possible before the Democratic National Convention this summer.
Sanders first announced the news on a conference call with campaign staffers, and then later held the live stream to address his supporters.
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“Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we can become,” he said in the livestream.
Thanking his “hundreds of thousands” of campaign volunteers, Sanders gave them all the credit for his ability to “run a major presidential campaign without being reliant on the wealthy and powerful.” His average campaign donation was just $18.50, he said.
“Let us go forward together. The struggle continues,” he concluded.
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
The senator was seen as a front-runner in the Democratic race, surging to the top of the polls before a series of poor showings on Super Tuesday and subsequent primaries in March. After a series of big losses to Biden, all campaigning virtually ground to a halt due to social distancing...