Bernie Sanders drops out of the presidential race; Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee

Noor Baber, Staff Writer

   Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced on April 8 that he was dropping out of the presidential race, clearing the way for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is now considered the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

   On Wednesday, millions of supporters from around the country tuned in to watch Senator Sanders’ official announcement. He expressed his gratitude for the support he received on the way, and again reiterated his campaign’s policies and promises. 

   However, he acknowledged that “we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible.”

   For a time, it was clear that Sanders was surging ahead, and many thought that he would become the Democratic nominee. According to a Quinnipiac University poll from Feb. 10, 2020, Sanders even became the frontrunning Democrat — he had 25 percent of the votes, and was beating Donald Trump by 8 percent in general election matchup polls. In the beginning of his campaign, Sanders was performing quite well in each caucus.

   According to NBC News, Senator Sanders was the runner-up on Feb. 3 at the Iowa Caucus, winning 12 delegates and 26.2 percent of the votes.

   On Feb. 11 at the New Hampshire Primary, Sanders won 9 delegates and 25.6 percent of the votes, tying with Pete Buttigieg.

   Sanders gained momentum on Feb. 22, at the Nevada Caucus, where he won 24 delegates and 46.8 percent of the votes. 

   The results of the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29 were a crushing blow for Sanders and his campaign. Biden won the primary by a landslide, securing 39 delegates and 48.6 percent of the votes. Sanders won only 15 delegates and 19.8 percent of the vote.

   Soon enough, the race was narrowed to just Sanders and Biden. Many former candidates, such as Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden. This was a defeat for the Sanders campaign, because the senator did not receive an endorsement from any presidential candidate, according to his official campaign website.

   Although Sanders did not secure the nomination for president, he had a lasting impact on American politics.

According to Sanders’ campaign website, Sanders emphasized topics such as climate change, free college, wealth taxes, Medicare for all, racial justice, women’s rights and LGBTQ+ equality. These problems were front and center at the Democratic presidential debates.

   Senator Sanders’ stance on these issues is the reason why he was able to attract crowds of young voters. The LA Times explains that Sanders was able to gain this support because his agenda was similar to that of the said demographic. Young voters will have a difficult decision to make about which candidate to vote for as the presidential election nears.