Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden. Ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, an acknowledgment that the former vice president is too far ahead for him to have any reasonable hope of catching up.
The Vermont senator’s announcement makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President of America Donald Trump in November.
Bernie Sanders plans to talk to his supporters later on Wednesday.
Bernie Sanders initially exceeded sky-high expectations about his ability to recreate the magic of his 2016 presidential bid. Even overcame a heart attack last October on the campaign trail, but he found himself unable to convert unwavering support from progressives into a viable path to the nomination amid electability fears fueled by questions about whether his democratic socialist ideology would be palatable to general election voters.
The 78-year-old senator began his latest White House bid facing questions about whether he could win back the supporters who chose him 4 years ago as an insurgent alternative to the party establishment’s choice, Hillary Clinton, despite winning 22 states in 2016. There were no guarantees he’d be a major presidential contender this cycle. Especially as the race’s oldest candidate.
Bernie Sanders, though, used strong polling and solid fundraising collected almost entirely from small donations made online to more than quiet early doubters, like the first time. He attracted widespread support from young voters and was able to make new inroads within the Hispanic community, even as his appeal with African Americans remained small.