Sanders Drops 2020 Bid

Leaves Biden as Likely Nominee

WBEN Newsroom
April 08, 2020 - 12:25 pm

WASHINGTON (AP/WBEN) — Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, has ended his presidential bid.

His announcement Wednesday leaves former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November.

The 78-year-old Sanders began his latest White House bid facing questions about whether he could win back the supporters who chose him four years ago as an insurgent alternative to the party establishment’s choice.

Sanders used strong polling and solid fundraising — collected almost entirely from small donations made online — to more than quiet early doubters.

Erie County Democratic Chair Jeremy Zellner released the following statement in response to the Sanders news:

“Bernie Sanders has dramatically shaped our party’s internal debate and helped define the shared values that set us apart from a Republican Party whose failures of leadership have become all too clear amidst the current crisis. Much more unites Democrats than divides us at this difficult hour, and I believe that is true for most of America as well. I thank Senator Sanders and his supporters for their passion and determination to build a better future for our nation. Now let us unify and win in November so we may begin building that future, together.”

Listen to Sanders' full announcement below:

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