Bernie Sanders announces halt to campaign for Democratic nomination

Bernie Sanders at a meeting in Michigan on March 8, 2020. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

The candidate for the Democratic primaries for the next American presidential elections, Bernie Sanders, announced, Wednesday, April 8, to withdraw from the nomination contest, leaving the way free to the favorite, the former vice-president of Barack Obama, Joe Biden. The independent senator from Vermont, 78, had suffered a series of heavy defeats against his Democratic rival.

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Bernie Sanders announced his decision to his team, ending his second attempt to win the Democratic nomination after a first retirement in 2016. "Senator Bernie Sanders announced on a call with all his team on Wednesday that he was suspending his campaign to become president", his campaign team wrote in a statement. "The campaign ends, the struggle continues", adds the press release.

"The campaign ends, the struggle continues"

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, is now guaranteed to face Republican President Donald Trump on November 3. But he has yet to be officially nominated as a party candidate at a convention, which was postponed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Campaigning clearly to the left, Bernie Sanders thus ends his second attempt to win the Democratic nomination after a series of heavy defeats against the ex-right arm of Barack Obama, more moderate. The independent senator from Vermont lost the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

"A very respectable man"

Shortly after the announcement of his withdrawal, Bernie Sanders promised to " work with " Joe Biden, a "Very respectable man", in order to advance its program firmly anchored to the left in the race for the White House.

"Today, I congratulate Joe Biden, a very respectable man, with whom I will work to advance our progressive ideas"said the senator in an online broadcast from his home in Burlington, Vermont.

While recognizing that "Joe Biden will be the chosen candidate" by Democrats to confront Donald Trump in the November 3 presidential election, Bernie Sanders has announced that he will remain in the running for the remaining primaries, in order to accumulate more delegates who will allow him "To exert a significant influence on the party program" at the Democratic convention in August.

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