Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) announced on Wednesday that he would be dropping out of the Democratic presidential race. His exit establishes former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumptive Democratic nominee.

“Focusing on that new vision for America is what our campaign has been about and what in fact we have accomplished,’’ Sanders said in an announcement. “Few would deny that over the course of the past five years our movement has won the ideological struggle.”

Since the South Carolina primaries in late February, Sanders has been losing to Biden. With the coronavirus pandemic preventing all candidates from holding campaign events, Sanders struggled with online live streams and television appearances.



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For a candidate who was at one point the Democratic frontrunner, Sanders’ 2020 exit is a stark contrast to his 2016 race where he campaigned against Hillary Clinton even after she gained an unbeatable advantage.

Sanders’ exit leaves Biden as the Democratic candidate to go up against President Donald Trump. However, Sanders’ influence on the Democratic party is hard to ignore. The self-described democratic socialist shifted the party to the left and started a modern progressive movement that’s been embraced by many Democrats.

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