Joe Biden is having a good day for a change as his sole remaining opponent for the Democrat nomination for President drops out of the race, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.
The Vermont Democrat who has built a large base of young progressives fell short of the delegates needed to remain competitive, exiting the presidential race as the runner-up just as he did in the 2016 race against Hillary Clinton.
The “revolutionary” Democrat addressed his supporters in a live video saying,
“I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth, and that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible,” Sanders said in a livestream after the call. “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. And so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign.”
President Donald Trump teased the self-proclaimed “Democratic socialist” on Twitter as he exited the race writing,
“Bernie Sanders is OUT! Thank you to Elizabeth Warren. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday! This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!”
While the progressive Democrat will not be President, it is safe to say that his two presidential campaigns have made a lasting impact on the American electorate, particularly young people. Sanders celebrated the silver lining saying,
“It was not long ago that people considered these ideas radical and fringe. Today, they are mainstream ideas. Many of them are already being implemented in cities and states across the country.”
However, the progressive Democrat seemed to lose inner-party support between the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections by losing ground in all but a few states. Sanders only won about half of the delegates that he was awarded in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton.
The final delegate count between presumptive nominee Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders is 1,217 and 914. Biden needs 1,991 delegates to secure the nomination.