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Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 race

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Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that he was ending his presidential campaign on Wednesday.

Sanders stepping down cleared a path for Joe Biden to the Democratic nomination and a showdown with President Donald Trump in November.  Biden defeated Sanders in Florida, Illinois and Arizona Tuesday, which gave him a 1,165 to 879 delegate lead.

During an all-staff conference call on Wednesday, Sanders said he was suspending his campaign. He will address supporters in a livestream later on Wednesday. “The campaign ends, the struggle continues,” his team wrote in an announcement.

The Vermont independent senator’s 2020 bid started off strong in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, but a series of huge Biden wins – five of the next six states that voted, including Michigan, one of Sanders’ biggest 2016 victories – changed the course of the presidential race quickly.