Senator Bernie Sanders Suspends His Presidential Campaign


Neil Mehta and Amy Liu

On Wednesday morning, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after a series of losses to former Vice President Joe Biden in several state primaries. The withdrawal establishes Biden as the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election.

Senator Sanders’s presidential campaign was known for his numerous progressive policies, many of which contrasted with former Vice President Biden’s proposals. His key views included eliminating private prisons, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, canceling student debt, banning fracking, and establishing “Medicare for All,” offering universal healthcare and eliminating private health insurance. 

Sanders’s call for universal healthcare has been deeply controversial through the Democratic primaries: while some presidential contenders embraced it as a necessity, others criticized the steep cost of implementing it. 

The withdrawal brings an end to the Senator’s presidential bid, which first began in the 2016 election cycle. Though Sanders was a relatively unknown figure at the start of his first bid for the presidency, he has emerged as a champion of the American left and has rapidly gained a following amongst young voters. However, the candidate failed to gain significant support from key demographics, including black voters and moderates that had concerns surrounding his electability.

At the time of his campaign suspension, Sanders had earned 914 delegates in the Democratic primary, while Biden had earned 1217 delegates, with 2302 needed to win the nomination. Additional delegates from the Wisconsin primary are yet to be declared. 

With Senator Sanders suspending his campaign, Biden remains the sole Democratic contender for the nomination. In all likelihood, the November elections will feature President Trump against Biden.