The still image shows Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont while announcing the suspension of his presidential campaign on April 8, 2020. (Photo by AFP)
Leading US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential campaign, paving the way for his rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, to win the Democratic presidential race.
This is Sandersí second failed attempt to grab the Democratic partyís nomination after he fell short of defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 primaries.
"The path toward victory is virtually impossible," Sanders said in a livestreamed speech to supporters from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, on Wednesday.
"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," the 78-year-old US senator added.
Sandersí exit comes after a series of losses to Biden, beginning in South Carolina in late February and continuing with losses in crucial states like Michigan and Florida last month.
Meanwhile, as the first reaction to Sandersí departure, Biden urged Sandersí supporters to join his campaign.
"I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country," Biden said in a statement on Wednesday."I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. Youíre needed."
SOURCE: PRESS TV