Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee for president


Eric Fang

Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders raises concerns about economic injustices. He pledged to combat large corporations if elected president.

by Eric Fang, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.) announced that he would be suspending his Democratic presidential campaign via a video livestreamed on his website this morning. 

Sanders’ exit clears the way for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in the 2020 general election. Currently trailing Biden by 303 delegates, Sanders suffered defeats in crucial primary states like Michigan and Florida. 

“I think you know the truth,” Sanders said in the livestream announcing his campaign suspension this morning. “That is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible. So while we are winning the ideological battle, and while 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 also said that he would remain on the ballot in states with upcoming primaries, allowing him to gather more delegates and influence the Democratic Party’s platform. 

Biden and President Donald Trump have since responded to Sanders’ announcement. In a statement, Biden recognized the work of Sanders and his supporters in “chang[ing] the dialogue in America” and affirmed his commitment to representing them. In a tweet, Trump attributed Sanders’ loss of some Super Tuesday states to former presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and encouraged Sanders supporters to join the Republican Party. 

Since announcing his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination in February 2019, Sanders has maintained the same principles of his 2016 bid against Hillary Clinton, furthering his “political revolution” as a democratic socialist and pushing for progressive platforms on issues like income inequality and climate change. 

Sander’s policies like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and cancellation of all existing student debt earned him support among young people and working class voters. While he won early primaries in New Hampshire, Nevada and California, he suffered a string of losses to Biden in southern and midwestern states. 

Sanders, who has served as an independent senator from Vermont since 2007, was previously the mayor of Burlington, VT for seven years and a congressional representative for 16 years. 

Harker Aquila called Sanders’ senate offices in Burlington, Vt.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Washington, D.C. but was unable to receive a statement regarding the campaign’s suspension. 

Alaska and Wyoming will hold their Democratic primaries on Friday. Both states have canceled in-person voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are accepting ballots by mail.