Bernie Sanders formally suspended his presidential project on Wednesday, acknowledging the he had no realistic route to to win the autonomous nomination.




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In reality, however, the campaign's fatality blow came weeks earlier, in Michigan and Missouri, before the autonomous primary season gotten in suspended computer animation for weeks, v the coronavirus pandemic shuttering the campaigns and also forcing says to postpone their primaries.


It was at that point that it had end up being painfully clear because that all however the most committed Sanders faithful the there would be no rebound for the campaign; no renewal of flagging momentum. Those defeats damaged the back of the campaign, with the coronavirus outbreak only temporarily delaying the final reckoning.


At Courigan's ireland Pub in St Petersburg, Florida, in at an early stage March, a few Sanders campaign workers gathered to watch the outcomes come in from Michigan and also Missouri. The significance of what they to be watching played out on their faces. Their state's main was simply a mainly later, and also if Sanders couldn't success in the Midwest, whereby he had actually done well in his 2016 presidential bid, that had little hope of prevailing in Florida, wherein he to be trounced.


The room was spacious yet mostly empty. A solitary Sanders banner hung under a television screen showing cable news coverage of the vote-tally. The mood to be funereal. Over there wouldn't even be a Sanders speech that night to buck increase the troops. A reserved rally from Ohio was cancelled in ~ the critical minute since of the pandemic, and also he had travelled back to Vermont.


As the steady drone native the tv continued, Jeremy Dolan, a 27-year-old café owner who was volunteering because that Sanders, debated what he would certainly tell his friends who had assisted in the campaign.


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