Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders has quit the race for the Democratic Party nomination for the US presidency.
He explained his withdrawal from the race in a conference call with campaign staffers on Wednesday and is expected to inform his supporters online afterwards.
Sanders’s exit paves the way for former Vice President Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee of the party for the November 2020 presidential poll.
The 78-year-old Democratic socialist was also in the running for the 2016 presidential race before losing to former First Lady, Hillary Clinton, who eventually lost to the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.
Sanders had appealed to a wide-range of party faithful and recorded early success in the campaign after making healthcare and working-class issues a key part of his election platform.
He recorded success in Iowa and victories in New Hampshire and Nevada in February, before slipping behind Biden in recent weeks commencing with a blowout loss in South Carolina.
Although the senator rallied to a win in California, he was not so lucky in Michigan, before the effect of the coronavirus pandemic set in, halting in-person campaigning for both Sanders and Biden and leading many states to delay their primary elections.
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