Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is going to “assess his campaign” over the next few weeks, his campaign manager said Wednesday, following losses in three primaries on Tuesday night further narrowed the Vermont senator’s path to winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
“Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign,” Faiz Shakir, the Sanders campaign manager, said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.
“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.”
Pressure was already building before Tuesday’s primaries for Sanders to drop out of the race. Former Vice President Joe Biden won decisively in key states on Super Tuesday, and performed better than expected in the states that Sanders did win.
Biden scooped up key endorsements from contenders who dropped out of the race, including former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Biden maintained his momentum in primaries Tuesday in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. He won by nearly 40 points over Sanders in Florida, and more than 20 points in Illinois.
According to CNN, Biden is leading Sanders 1,086 to 722 in terms of delegates. Biden needs to win 47 percent of remaining delegates in order to reach the 1,991 needed to win the Democratic nomination. Sanders would need nearly 58 percent, which CNN reports is a near mathematical possibility.
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