Bernie Sanders who was for many progressive democrats the only choice for the Democratic nomination to run against President Donald J. Trump in November has bowed out of the 2020 race.
The New York Times reports: Mr. Sanders’s exit from the race establishes former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the presumptive nominee to challenge President Trump, and leaves the progressive movement without a prominent voice in the 2020 race. In a live steam on Wednesday morning, Mr. Sanders, eloquent but without his characteristic spark, was by turns gracious and resolute, as he announced his decision. He made it clear that he viewed Mr. Biden as the party’s 2020 nominee, but said he would remain on the ballot in states that still have primaries and would continue to gather delegates — a move that would give him leverage to influence the Democratic platform and continue carrying his message. “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,” Mr. Sanders said. “While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not.”
CNN says that Sanders made the announcement in a call with his campaign staff, his campaign said.