WASHINGTON — Sen. 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, ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, an acknowledgment that the former vice president is too far ahead for him to have any reasonable hope of catching up.

The Vermont senator’s announcement makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November.

Sanders plans to talk to his supporters later Wednesday.

Sanders initially exceeded sky-high expectations about his ability to recreate the magic of his 2016 presidential bid, and even overcame a heart attack last October on the campaign trail. But he found himself unable to convert unwavering support from progressives into a viable path to the nomination amid “electability” fears fueled by questions about whether his democratic socialist ideology would be palatable to general election voters.

The 78-year-old senator 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, Hillary Clinton. Despite winning 22 states in 2016, there were no guarantees he’d be a major presidential contender this cycle, especially as the race’s oldest candidate.

Sanders, though, used strong polling and solid fundraising — collected almost entirely from small donations made online — to more than quiet early doubters. Like the first time, he attracted widespread support from young voters and was able to make new inroads within the Hispanic community, even as his appeal with African Americans remained small.

Sanders amassed the most votes in Iowa and New Hampshire, which opened primary voting, and cruised to an easy victory in Nevada — seemingly leaving him well positioned to sprint to the Democratic nomination while a deeply crowded and divided field of alternatives sunk around him.

But a crucial endorsement of Biden by influential South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, and a subsequent, larger-than-expected victory in South Carolina, propelled the former vice president into Super Tuesday, when he won 10 of 14 states.

In a matter of days, his top former Democratic rivals lined up and announced their endorsement of Biden. The former vice president’s campaign had appeared on the brink of collapse after New Hampshire but found new life as the rest of the party’s more moderate establishment coalesced around him as an alternative to Sanders.

Things only got worse the following week when Sanders lost Michigan, where he had campaigned hard and upset Clinton in 2016. He was also beaten in Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho the same night and the results were so decisive that Sanders headed to Vermont without speaking to the media.

Sanders had scheduled a rally in Ohio but canceled it amid fears about the spread of coronavirus — and the outbreak kept him home as his campaign appeared unsure of its next move. The senator addressed reporters the following day, but also sounded like a candidate who already knew he’d been beaten.

“While our campaign has won the ideological debate, we are losing the debate over electability,” Sanders said then.

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(79) comments

jloo

Shhh. Joe didn't even knw Sanders was running for President.

threecents

Now that the primaries are mostly done, can we not trash talk the other side about who's team is going to win. Let's just wait for the general election and shake hands after Biden wins by a landslide.[cool]

KR999

Shake hands, huh? Yeah, right. You know full well when Trump [inevidently] wins the RLL (Radical Left Liberals) (like that, fido?) will be out rioting, burning, looting and destroying public and personal properties again for weeks on end. The SSL (Sorry Sore Losers) (there's another one, fido, [lol]) ) are simply too incapable of accepting election results that they don't agree with.

threecents

You know full well that Trump said he would not accept the results if he lost to Hillary last time, just as he and his supporters are not likely to accept it if he loses to Biden. We, on the other hand, peacefully accepted the change in government last time and will again if Trump wins. We are not the ones who believe in buying guns to protect us from the US government.

KR999

"We, on the other hand, peacefully accepted the change in government last time and will again if Trump wins." Where the hell were you when he beat Clinton, unconscious?

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2147684/violence-erupts-across-the-us-as-pro-clinton-fans-riot-after-donald-trumps-shock-election-win/

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/trump-win-sparks-riots-across-9225317

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiyc2hQD4dI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_Donald_Trump

And just what does "buying guns to protect us from the U.S. government" have to do with the rioting I mentioned? Huh? Man, you're in denial big time. If the country can survive 8 years of the likes of Obama, 8 years of Trump will be like a walk in the park.

mgoose806

It's now very telling that Biden's the Nominee that Obama hasn't come out and endorsed him yet. You would think it would be immediate. Is there something the voting public missing about Joe Biden?

threecents

You didn't happen to hear that on Fox News, did you? Here is the headline on Foxnews.com: "Obama may be holding off on Biden endorsement because 'he knows something you don't know'"

KR999

Why not just state that that was something Trump said and was reported by multiple news outlets, not just Fox?

threecents

I only saw it on Fox.com. That's why.

KR999

Do a search for "Obama may be holding off on Biden endorsement because 'he knows something you don't know.'"

threecents

Why?

KR999

Because then you'll not only see that it was on several other news outlets, but also the controversary surrounding why Obama has been silent with regards to endorsing Biden. If you're interested, that is.

mrnatural1

Interesting observation mgoose.

It does seem odd that Obama, who is supposedly Biden's BFF, has not given him any support -- even now that Bernie has dropped out.

mrnatural1

The concern the Dems have is not that the 'Bernie Bros' will vote for Trump -- although a few certainly will -- it is that they will not vote, period.

We have already seen that a large percentage of people who support Bernie did not bother to vote in the primaries (mostly younger voters). Why should we expect them to turn out for the general election -- especially when they are bitter about the Dem machine and the DNC openly fighting against Bernie a second time??

Many of them are fed up and thoroughly disillusioned.

The DNC dug it's own grave -- again.

MrSniper

Despite bungling the virus response & being the most corrupt president in my lifetime, Biden’s nomination will all but secure a second Trump term. Progressives had a chance but the young people just didn’t turn out to vote...so I suppose they get what they deserve. No free college, no universal healthcare, no decriminalized marijuana. If Biden somehow actually wins (which he won’t), we can look forward to another corporate democrat, which I suppose is marginally better than the corporate republicans but in reality, each party has taken turns selling out regular working class Americans.

mrnatural1

Sad but true MrSniper.

xJacky1

Your opinion is just that. You forgot 44. He corrupted everything he touched I guess you forgot.

DickD

Trump's worse nightmare was Biden running against him. Now it has happened.

KR999

Trump's worse nightmare was Biden running against him Dick? [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

xJacky1

Where is Joe?

KR999

Well, Clinton learned her lesson four years ago, and at a younger age than "The Burn." Hopefully this antique, senile, foolish, old socialist has learned his by now and we can get on with Trump's reelection. Sorry to see you go Bern. NOT! [lol][lol][lol] TRUMP 2020!!!

DickD

You turned your 666 upside down KR.

KR999

What 666 Dick? How's that?

threecents

Dick[thumbup]

KR999

[thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown] nonsense. [lol]

threecents

999 isn't 666 upside down??[cool]

KR999

I'm not disputing it is. My question to Dick was, essentially, why did he say I "turned my 666 upside down," and why did you give him a thumb up for it?

KR999

And, as of now, no reply from threecents. Ya know three, not answering questions posed reduces your credibility...

Russian

Russian trolls are on speed today.

Russian

Jared/Ivanka 2024

tstright

Trump Train 2020 WOO WOO

Alice Jones

derailing soon in a city near you!

DickD

Wrong, it is Boo Boo!

KR999

And when Trump wins again you'll be crying boo-hoo. [lol]

threecents

You made a rhyme!

PSUFAN

Biden recently made this statement: “We have to take care of the cure, that will make the problem worse, no matter what”... can a Biden supporter please translate? Lol

Alice Jones

Sure, after you tell us the drumpf is not a habitual liar and con man.

TomWheatley

Loosely translated: Please keep an eye on whom I pick as VP as he/she will be President in a year or two. I would be fine with Tulsi Gabbard, but probably in the minority on that pick for VP.

Alice Jones

Perhaps not a year or two but I agree that it is a critical pick.

awteam2000

I’m good with her and they might be the right team in such a divided society. She’s more moderate, less controversial but does she get people off their butts? Can that combination pick up more votes in critical states on the bubble like Georgia and Florida? Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin?

This year you’ll have to take into consideration a strong look at voting rights and access across each state. The republican dominated Supreme Court has just ruled in trumps favor, 5-4 while all democratic justices all where in dissented. A huge adversary. The move limits voting time, access and eligibility.

DickD

Nsh, it will be Harris. She is a black woman and a moderate. She will turn history on it's head.

KR999

Yeah, right [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

TomWheatley

Stacey Abrams was floated along as a possibility as well. I think various people are suggested over time to gauge the reaction.

threecents

Harris disqualified herself when she blindsided Biden in an early debate. She is very unpopular with Bernie supporters and Republicans.

threecents

Yah, he could pick Tulsi if he wanted to ensure a low turnout for him in November.

viperch25

thank goodness the commie has left

Alice Jones

that'll be in January '21 when putins hand puppet is thrown on his can with a good riddance and kick in the butt.

DickD

A misdirected kick that could have been better placed.

KR999

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] viperch25.

gabrielshorn2013

Good decision Bernie.

newspostreader

He made the best decision. He doesn't have the votes and going forward there will be low voter turnout. Biden is the only other candidate with a strong chance at defeating Trump. Biden needs to capture the majority.

Funshine

I think Biden's campaign has made a critical mistake by keeping almost completely silent during this whole coronavirus mess. I haven't seen him in anything but a mere mention in like one story a week.

mrnatural1

I agree Funshine.

Biden has a golden opportunity to distinguish himself from Trump. He should not let it pass by.

TomWheatley

Interesting statement. So who else is the DNC hiding to bring out at the convention? And why bother with a convention or Presidential primaries at this point? I am not saying don't hold primaries as there are State-related issues and people on the ballot.

"The Vermont senator’s announcement makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November."

threecents

[thumbup]Tom. Unless one of them gets sick between now and the conventions, we are set. Hopefully Bernie can get his supporters to bring out the vote for Joe.

TomWheatley

I was worried about violence at the Convention much like Chicago back in '68.

bosco

Why would that be?

mrnatural1

I am still worried about violence at the Convention, much like Chicago back in '68. Bernie's supporters are furious!

This is the second time the DNC and Democratic Party machine have intervened to stop Bernie.

We'll never know of course, but without the "Super Delegates" announcing their support for Hillary before the primaries even began(!), and without Hillary's BFF Debbie Wasserman-Schultz using the DNC to help Hillary (emails prove it) -- Bernie may very well have won the 2016 nomination.

One thing was crystal clear -- almost every poll in 2016 showed that Bernie had a significantly better chance of beating Trump, but the DNC went with Hillary anyway because it was "her turn" (or something). The most likely reason is that the DNC's wealthy overlords -- billionaires, Wall Street banks, and multi-national corporations, told them in no uncertain terms that they would cut them off if they nominated Bernie.

From what I've read, many/most Trump supporters wanted to 'stir the pot' -- they wanted a candidate who was not part of the D.C. establishment. In order to attract swing voters, the Dems need a candidate like Bernie -- NOT one like Biden. Joe seems like a good man, but he is the ultimate 'status quo' insider. There are very few swing voters who are going to vote for him over Trump.

Once again, the democrats and the DNC are their own worst enemy. [sarcasm] At least Biden doesn't scare the puppet masters, so the DNC's funding is secure.

Alice Jones

c'mon guys, give it a rest. let's see how this pandemic thing works out. Stay safe.

threecents

Ridiculous comments. If Bernie's huge mass of supporters couldn't be bothered to vote in the primaries, they are not going to travel to the convention, much less cause violence. Bernie dropped out because he concluded he would not get enough votes. Period.

rbtdt5

Good luck getting the Bernie supporters.

Alice Jones

Maybe not the hardcore but moderates will join up.

awteam2000

Rbtdt5, you think the next election is over Bernie supporters?

rbtdt5

aw - All I'm saying is good luck getting Bernie supporters to vote for Joe, Like Alice said, the moderates might. Most of the ones I have talked to are anti DNC and think Binden is no different than Trump. Bernie had fire in his belly and was for the working man. Binden has a 30 year record of being republican lite at best. I'm not going to trash talk about what might or might not happen. I will vote and we will see who wins. I was going to vote for Bernie in the primary. Do you support Binden, even though he is a sexual assaulter?

awteam2000

Who’s Binden?

DickD

If you think that they will vote for Trump you better check to see if you have caught the virus and are running a fever.

DickD

Bernie has pledged to do all he can to beat Trump. I can't imagine anyof them not voting for Biden when Bernie supports Biden and the Bernie supportersdislike Trump more than the rest.

Alice Jones

Alright, Joe. Time to kick the burrower at 1600 out of his hole.

bosco

Maybe, if he manages three coherent sentences in a row. It'll be one liar against another liar. Not much of a choice. Maybe we should move to Canada and join all of the Hollywood elites who moved there after Trump was elected. [lol][wink][lol][wink]

Alice Jones

Perhaps but at least Biden will have a solid team with proven experience. Dotard lies like you breath and his family is nothing but grifters, liars, and cheats that put themselves before country. I'll take Biden. Have a Biden in '20 day!

bosco

Alice, are you talking about the Clintons being grifters, liars, and cheats?

KR999

Yeah, she is, bosco, although unnecessarily since everyone already knows they are.

Alice Jones

B - get over the clintons already. Jeez. Your tribe is obsessed with them. Common knowledge they are dirty. The right knows it, the left knows it so why beat a drumpf pinata? by the way, the below never speaks for what i may or may not mean. Have a Biden in '20 day!

KR999

The only way Creepy Uncle Joe Bite 'em can manage three coherent sentences in a row is with a voice over. Odd that we've not heard any mention from the liberal Hollywood elite about moving to Canada if Trump gets reelected, though. I guess they realized how badly they put their feet in their mouths four years ago with their veiled, empty threats that never materialized. And boy, did they make a laughing stock out of themselves then! [lol][lol][lol]

DickD

Better than speaking like a 3rd grader as Donald Trump does, so the deplorables will understand him.

KR999

Ahhhh, "Deplorables," just the kind of trash talk that cost Hillarity the election 4 years ago. You and your people just keep talking like that dick and you'll be singing a different song come November.

Alice Jones

3rd grade, Dick? You are too kind.

DickD

If it comes to a lying contest no one can beat Trump. So, you have proven that you don't want the truth.

KR999

Ummm dick, either Clinton could beat Trump in a lying contest. Or, have you forgotten what proficient liars they both are? Yeah, you probably conveniently have. Typical for a lib like you, huh?

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