By Caribbean News Global
BURLINGTON, Vermont – Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race. His exit from the race makes former vice president Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in the race against president Donald Trump.
“No sugarcoating it, last night did not go the way we wanted,” he said of the March 17 losses. “And while our campaign has won the battle of ideas, we are losing the battle over electability to Joe Biden.”
Sanders hit the ground running with huge wins in a series of early primary and caucus states as the campaign season kicked off. But failed to pick up momentum on Super Tuesday and in later contests, where former vice president Joe Biden crushed him, particularly among black voters and older voters.
“The chance of getting the nomination is so tiny, the stakes are so high given Trump and coronavirus and the economic fallout, that he does need to face that reality,” former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, a Sanders supporter, told the Times.
Sanders built his campaign on transformative policies like universal healthcare, tuition-free public college, and the Green New Deal. He also secured early endorsements from influential progressive lawmakers.
“While winning the ideological war we are losing electability and the electoral votes,” Sanders said. “I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful,” Sanders said, adding that “the struggle continues.”