US election 2020: Bernie Sanders drops out of race for Democratic nomination

Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the US presidential race, leaving Joe Biden as the likely Democratic nominee to take on Donald Trump.

The Vermont senator has ended his campaign after disappointing primary results.

Mr Sanders told his supporters via a livestream on Wednesday: “I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who knocked on doors, millions of them, in the freezing winters of Iowa and New Hampshire, and in the heat, and in South Carolina, and in states throughout the country.

“I want to thank the two million Americans who have contributed financially to our campaign, and showed the world that we can take on a corrupt campaign and finance system, and run a major presidential campaign without being dependent on the wealthy and the powerful.

“Thank you for your 10 million contributions, averaging $18.50 (£14.93) a donation.”

Mr Sanders continued: “As many of you will recall, Nelson Mandela, one of the great freedom fighters in modern world history famously said, and I quote, ‘it always seems impossible until it is done’.

“And what he meant by that is that the greatest obstacle to real social change has everything to do with the power of a corporate and political establishment to limit our vision of what is possible and what we are entitle to as human beings.”

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