Bernie Sanders Exits 2020 Presidential Race: ‘The Campaign Ends, But Struggle For Justice Continues’

Senator Bernie Sanders announced on April 7 that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, clearing the path for Joe Biden to become the presumed Democratic nominee.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced on April 8 that he has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, making former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee. Sanders, 78, broke the news in a morning phone call to his campaign staff, later announcing to his supporters in a social media address. “Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on,” he captioned his video.  Sanders fought a fierce battle for the Democratic nomination in a candidate field that once saw 22 presidential hopefuls. He amassed millions of supporters as he campaigned on a platform of Medicare For All and student loan debt erasure, gaining powerful allies in “squad” members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Sanders’ decision to drop out of the presidential race comes the day after the Wisconsin Democratic primary, which Republican Governor Tony Evers refused to delay, even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Voters were forced to wait in day-long lines outside a handful of polling stations throughout the state, risking their and each others’ lives to cast their ballots for the Democratic nominee of their choice. Haunting photos of voters in face masks who had to abandon social-distancing rules flooded the internet.

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