Sanders Will ‘Assess’ Presidential Campaign After Big Loses In Tuesday Primaries
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) is set to ‘assess’ his presidential campaign after yet another series of primary losses.
Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager, said in a statement, “The next primary contest is at least three weeks away. Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign. In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden widened the gap between the candidates by winning Arizona, Illinois and Florida on Tuesday night. This leaves Sanders behind Biden about 300 delegates behind.
In an email sent to supporters on Wednesday, Shakir wrote, “No sugarcoating it, last night did not go the way we wanted. And while our campaign has won the battle of ideas, we are losing the battle over electability to Joe Biden.”
The email also said that Sanders would vote on the coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday and then head back home to Vermont. “Once there, they’ll begin holding conversations with supporters to get input and assess the path forward for our campaign,” he continued.
The loss comes amid a pandemic, where Americans across the country are practicing social distancing and are being asked to avoid crowds of 10 or more. Both candidates have cancelled campaign events such as rallies and ordered campaign staff to work from home.