by Liam Dwyer
Urbana, Ill. – Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has officially drop from the 2020 presidential election, ensuring the democratic nomination for former vice-president Joe Biden. Sanders made the announcement first in a speech to his campaign staff before releasing the news to the nation.
Sanders lead in the polls early in the election process with strong showings in the first three states in the primary process, Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. However, Biden slowly gained on the progressive candidate, with a recent heavy win in South Carolina.
The announcement was made as Sanders chances of winning the nominations dwindled, with the senator saying in the video announcing his departure,
“I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour”
Sanders stated in the video he will stay on the ballads of the remaining primary states to continue to collect delegates.
Sanders also congratulated Joe Biden on winning the nomination, saying he will work with him to continue to push progressive ideas forward.
Bidens campaign released a statement after the announcement calling Sanders a, “powerful voice for a fairer and more just America”, as well as calling for the Vermont senators populist base to rally around him.
While he may no longer be in the election, Sanders assured his followers that, “While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not”.