A firebrand U.S. presidential candidate who has proposed some of the most revolutionary measures in the fight against poverty has finally ended his hard-fought 2020 bid for the White House.
According to National Public Radio (NPR), Vermont-based U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (pictured) has dropped out of the Democratic race months ahead of the party’s National Convention. Sanders made the decision to permanently suspend his campaign after voters participated in a Wisconsin-based election primary on Tuesday (April 7).
The final vote count from this week’s Wisconsin presidential primary will be available on April 13, according to NPR.
This primary went on despite public appeals to suspend poll voting until after the COVID-19-related public health crisis, which is currently impacting all sectors nationwide. After this year’s series of Super Tuesday election primaries in multiple U.S. states, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden magically took over as the Democratic Party’s top presidential candidate.
Biden’s surge continued and has given him an insurmountable delegate lead ahead of Sanders, a former Democratic frontrunner in the presidential race. When Biden’s surprise surge was apparent after Super Tuesday, Sanders was never able to fully reconstitute himself as a viable candidate, unfortunately.
The Senator live-streamed a sobering message to his supporters on Tuesday.
“I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth. And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible,” Sanders said in his Tuesday video.
“It was long ago that people considered [my] ideas radical and fringe. Today, they are mainstream ideas, and many of them being implemented in cities and states around the country,” Sanders added.
The whole COVID-19 crisis has completely interfered with the nation’s campaign momentum during the 2020 election season. By default, this crisis is working in favor of the presidential incumbent and his political party.
How voters actually respond to this scenario on Election Day remains to be seen.