Bernie Sanders announced his decision today, April 8, to suspend his 2020 presidential campaign, ceding the Democratic nomination to Joe Biden after major losses in March severely weakened his campaign.
Sanders reportedly informed his campaign team of the decision by phone without giving any details on the reasons for the withdrawal.
Sanders’ move gives former Vice President Joe Biden the green light to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 elections.
The Associated Press (AP) said that Sanders had finished his campaign after in the Democratic primaries, which determine the party’s presidential nomination: “Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders saw his once-strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind former Vice President Joe Biden..”
BREAKING: Bernie Sanders ends his presidential campaign after disappointing primary results, leaving Joe Biden as the likely Democratic nominee. https://t.co/27rO6ZokkX
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 8, 2020
According to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, Joe Biden had a better chance of snagging the Democratic nomination given the results of the primaries.
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