Senator Bernie Sanders ended his bid for President of the United States Wednesday, April 8, leaving Joe Biden alone on the quest for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders' campaign said he made the announcement in a call with campaign staff. Sanders then conducted a livestream to publicize the news.
"I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth, and that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible," Sanders said in the stream.
His exit ends an impressive campaign that started with strong performances in the first three primaries in February. The nomination appeared clear until, in the South Carolina primary, Biden took a blowout victory. That win set off a surge of support of moderate voters around the former Vice President.
Michigan residents voted in-person on Tuesday, and Biden delivered a blow. The state was considered vital to Sanders' bid, but he won only 36%, according to The Associated Press.
The contest ends now as the country fights the coronavirus pandemic, which halted in-person campaigning for both Sanders and Biden. It has also caused many states to postpone their primary voting.