(PoliticalLookout.Com)- Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has finally thrown in the towel. The independent lawmaker announced on Wednesday that he would be dropping out of the race, citing the many hundreds more delegates presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden already has.
The news comes after the Sanders campaign has repeatedly told news outlets that they were “reassessing” his campaign viability. Arguably the outbreak of the coronavirus, along with a series of disastrous interviews for Joe Biden, were motivating factors for Sanders to stay in the race. Now, it looks like it might just be impossible for Sanders to pull off a miracle.
Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on. https://t.co/MYc7kt2b16
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 8, 2020
Sanders announced the decision in a live stream posted to Twitter.
“I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth,” he said. “And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden and the path to victory is virtually impossible. 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.”
Sanders also explained that the coronavirus pandemic was a motivating factor to leave the campaign, suggesting that his presidential campaign was only distracting people from the efforts being taken to combat the disease and reduce the effect done to the United States economy.
“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,” he added.
The likelihood that Sanders could have won the nomination hasn’t changed for many weeks. Ever since Super Tuesday, where Senator Elizabeth Warren and a number of other Democratic candidates dropped out and endorsed Joe Biden, Sanders has trailed behind in delegate numbers and had little hope of gaining significant enough traction against the former vice president.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2020
The decision to end his campaign marks the second time that the candidate has failed to win the nomination, and the second time he has come second-place to an establish, DNC-favored candidate.
First Hillary Clinton denied him the chance, then it was Joe Biden!