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Feel The Bern: Sanders Suspends Presidential Campaign




Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to members of the media during a news briefing at his campaign office March 4, 2020 in Burlington, Vermont.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to members of the media during a news briefing at his campaign office March 4, 2020 in Burlington, Vermont.
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is officially suspending his presidential campaign. Sanders ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, an acknowledgment that former Vice President Joe Biden is too far ahead for him to have any reasonable hope of catching up. The Vermont senator’s announcement makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in November.

Sanders initially exceeded sky-high expectations about his ability to recreate the magic of his 2016 presidential bid, and even overcame a heart attack last October on the campaign trail. But he found himself unable to convert unwavering support from progressives into a viable path to the nomination amid “electability” fears fueled by questions about whether his democratic socialist ideology would be palatable to general election voters. NPR’s Ron Elving joins Larry for the latest and to discuss what Sanders’ decision could mean come November. Do you have questions? Call us at 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press

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Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets @NPRrelving