Bernie Sanders drops out of 2020 US presidential race
The stage is set for Trump v Biden...
Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the 2020 US presidential race, setting up a general election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Sanders made the announcement in a call with his campaign staff, his campaign said.
The 78-year-old senator from Vermont initially performed strongly in the first three states that voted in February.
However, the tide turned when Joe Biden won a blowout victory in South Carolina on the last day of February as conceding centrists threw their support behind Biden and prominent Democrats coalesced around the former Vice President.
Sanders saw sustained success among young and Latino voters while Biden consistently won support of the older democrats and black voters.
With the current public health emergency in the US, Sanders was reduced to delivering addresses via video streams and making occasional TV appearances, all the while pressure increased on him within the Democratic Party to withdraw and unite the party behind Biden.
Sanders spoke to his supporters via a video conference on Wednesday following his withdrawal saying that despite the campaign ending, the struggle for justice will continue.