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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
Sanders hit the ground running in a series of wins in early primary and caucus states as the campaign season kicked off, but he failed to pick up momentum on Super Tuesday, and subsequently lost key, delegate-rich states like Michigan and Florida to former Vice President Joe Biden, significantly narrowing his path to the nomination.
A longtime progressive lawmaker, Sanders built his campaign on calling for a “political revolution” and skewering the establishment on both the left and right.
Sanders has long championed policies like universal healthcare, tuition-free public college, and the Green New Deal, which is a plan to transition the US to 100% clean and renewable energy within the next decade.
The 78-year-old candidate gained steam from high-profile support from progressive lawmakers like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Their endorsements came shortly after Sanders suffered a heart attack last fall — a potentially campaign-ending event — and gave him momentum at an essential moment in his campaign.
The Sanders campaign surged to the front of the Democratic pack with huge victories in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. But the Vermont senator began losing steam after the South Carolina primary, in which he placed a distant second following Biden, who captured majority of the state’s black voters.
Biden then quickly overtook the progressive firebrand when he won 10 out of 14 states on Super Tuesday.
A national Morning Consult poll released the Friday after Super Tuesday showed Biden crushing Sanders by 16 percentage points. More than half of the Democratic primary voters in the poll — 54% — said they would vote for Biden, while 38% said they would vote for Sanders.
Sanders pivoted most of his ground operation to crucial midwestern states like Michigan following Super Tuesday as a last-ditch effort to resurrect his campaign. But the former vice president demolished Sanders in several states — including Michigan — on March 10.