US Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to win the Democratic nomination and challenge incumbent Donald Trump in November .
“ I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful , ” the leftist Sanders told supporters in a livestream announcing he is dropping out.
“ Vice president Biden will be the nominee, ” the 78- year – old added .
“I congratulate Joe Biden , a very decent man , who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward . ”
Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the party ’ s nomination in 2016, mounted a formidable challenge to Biden in the 2020 race , becoming the frontrunner early this year and earning the most votes in the first three state- wide contests .
But he was soon eclipsed by a surging Biden , who won the vast majority of the remaining primaries and now holds a commanding lead in the all-important race for delegates who choose the nominee.
Sanders ran an intense, issue-driven campaign , bringing his liberal ideological platform – including a call for universal health care and a $ 15 hourly minimum wage – into the mainstream .
“ Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we can become , and have taken this country a major step forward in the never – ending struggle for economic justice , social justice , racial justice , and environmental justice , ” Sanders said .
Several US lawmakers have come out in support of such prescriptions , and Biden himself has shifted leftward to incorporate some Sanders policies, although he has stressed he does not support Sanders’ s Medicare for All plan .
Biden tweeted his thanks to Sanders, hailing him as “a good man , a great leader, and one of the most powerful voices for change in our country. ”
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