09 April 2020 - Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 race
Sanders drops out of presidential race
Max Greenwood and Tal Axelrod (The Hill, 08/04/2020)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential bid on Wednesday, ending a campaign that once appeared on track to dominate the Democratic nominating contest but that quickly lost momentum.
Sanders began reevaluating his campaign after a string of primary losses last month. But he continued his push for the nomination for weeks before ultimately telling his staff in a conference call on Wednesday morning that he had decided to drop out of the race.
His decision to suspend his campaign effectively paves the way for former Vice President Joe Biden to claim the Democratic presidential nomination.
Bernie Sanders and the Promised Land
Eric Lach (The New Yorker, 08/04/2020)
For half a decade and counting, American politics has been dominated by the ideas, personalities, and followings of two geriatric outer-borough New Yorkers. One is the brash, narcissistic son of a Queens real-estate tycoon, who inherited a fortune and spent the nineteen-eighties and nineties compulsively stamping his name on as many products—buildings, casinos, steaks—as he could, a master huckster who rose to power after realizing that he could fuse the racist, reactionary politics of twentieth-century New York City tabloids with the racist, reactionary politics of the twenty-first-century Republican Party. The other is the self-assured son of two working-class Jews in Brooklyn, who left New York to become a child of the nineteen-sixties, eventually landing in rural Vermont, where he became a staunchly leftist mayor, congressman, and senator, and then a long-shot presidential candidate who turned millions of young people on to the kind of progressivism that the rest of his generation had discarded along with sit-ins, vinyl records, and tie-dyed shirts.
Undaunted Sanders Supporters Announce They’ll Continue Presidential Campaign Without Candidate
(The Onion, 08/04/2020)
Stressing that they would not allow a minor bump in the road to prevent them from delivering true change, the nation’s undaunted Bernie Sanders supporters announced Wednesday that they would continue his 2020 presidential campaign without the candidate.
Why Joe Biden starts as the general election front-runner
Chris Cillizza (CNN, 08/04/2020)
With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' decision to end his campaign on Wednesday, it's now official: Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the Democratic presidential nominee this fall.
And Biden starts the general election against President Donald Trump as the front-runner -- albeit not a huge one.
Start with polling. A new Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday afternoon put Biden at 49% to Trump's 41%.