Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is suspending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, he said on April 8.
“I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful,” he said.
Sanders made the announcement during a conference call with campaign staffers on Wednesday morning before speaking to supporters in a livestream.
Sanders, who also had a failed bid in 2016, said that over the course of five years, his movement won the ideological struggle, with many Americans now supporting a $15 minimum wage and socialized healthcare.
“The future of this country is with our ideas,” he claimed.
As he spoke, a banner across the bottom of the screen read: “While the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on.”
The Democratic field was once crowded with contenders but only Sanders, 78, and former Vice President Joe Biden, 77, were left before the senator’s announcement.
Biden is now the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Many former rivals, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), ex-South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) endorsed Biden after they dropped out of the race.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Sanders would to the same.
Republican President Donald Trump is running for reelection. He has no challengers left.
Both Trump and Biden both want the November election to go on as scheduled. Some states have delayed primaries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.
Trump on Wednesday reacted quickly to Sanders dropping out, writing on Twitter that if Warren had dropped out sooner, Sanders “would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday!”
The situation instead developed to the liking of the Democratic National Party and some other Democrats, the president said, inviting Sanders’ supporters to join the Republican Party.
Ivan Pentchoukov and Allen Zhong contributed to this report.