Bernie Sanders has announced he will return to his home-state of Vermont to “assess his campaign” with supporters after significant losses to Joe Biden in recent primary contests.
Speaking on his behalf, campaign manager Faiz Shakir said that although the next primary contest is three weeks away, “Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters” before arriving at a decision.
“No sugarcoating it, last night did not go the way we wanted,” Faiz Shakir said in an email to supporters. “And while our campaign has won the battle of ideas, we are losing the battle over electability to Joe Biden.”
Biden last night added Florida, Illinois and Arizona to a growing list of victories, taking over 62% of the vote in Florida alone, and with it 130 delegates compared to Sander’s 48. The former vice-president has now won 16 out of the last 21 state contests.
Sanders has amassed 879 delegates so far, well behind the 1,165 of Joe Biden. With only 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination, the Vermont senator is now being pressured to suspend his campaign by other Democrats, as the party attempts to ramp up its preparations for November’s presidential election.
Mr. Sanders is said to be focused for the time being on senate plans to deal with the coronavirus.
“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, ” Shakir added.
Speaking from his home in Delaware after winning the three states last night, Joe Biden struck a unifying tone as the US comes to terms with the coronavirus outbreak.
“The coronavirus doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican… we’re all in this together,” he said.