Senator Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign
The one-time frontrunner for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination suspended his campaign on Wednesday, setting up a showdown in November between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
"I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth," Senator Sanders said in a video to supporters. "While we are winning the ideological battle and we are winning the support of so many young people and working people throughout the country, I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful."
Sanders' campaign started out with significant momentum in February, winning two of the first three states and performing well in Iowa, barely losing to Pete Buttegieg. Sanders quickly became the Democratic Party's frontrunner heading into March, but on the last day of February, Joe Biden blew the field out in South Carolina, winning an outright majority of the vote.
Following Biden's victory in South Carolina, several candidates dropped out and endorsed him. Their support, along with a string of significant victories in the South enabled Biden to overtake Sanders and secure a delegate lead of over 300 more than Sanders had before his exit.
Sanders' second straight failure to win the Democratic Party's nomination will be seen by some as a blow to more the radical left wing part of the party, though many of Sanders' policy prescriptions have been adopted by more moderate Democrats.
Biden spoke with Sanders on Wednesday morning, presumably Sanders informing Biden that he was dropping out. Following Sanders' exit from the race, Biden called him a "powerful voice for a fairer and more just American" in a statement.
Biden also made his case to Sanders supporters, many of whom did not vote for Clinton in 2016.
"I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country. I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. You're needed," Biden said.
President Trump took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the matter.
"Bernie Sanders is OUT! Thank you to Elizabeth Warren. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday! This ended just like the Democrats and the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party," he said.