April 8 , 2020 - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has ended his run for the Democratic nomination for president. Having also run in 2016 for president , this brings to an end Sanders 5 years quest to become President of the United States.
In an online address to supporters , Sanders said "I wish I could give you better news , but I think you know the truth , and this is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden , and the path toward victory is virtually impossible. So while we are winning the ideological battle and while we are winning the support of so many young people and working people though out the country , I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign."
With Sanders exit , former Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive 2020 nominee of the Democratic Party. In a salute to Senator Sanders lets take a look at the history of his candidacy in campaign buttons.
April 2 2020 - Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis the Democratic National Convention has moved from mid July to mid August. The DNC will now open on Monday August 17 , 2020 in Milwaukee , Wisconsin. The Republican National Convention will begin one week later on Monday August 24 , 2020 in Charlotte , North Carolina.
The campaigns of both former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders were consulted by Democratic Party officials in making the move.
March 30 , 2020 - The contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has just about ground to halt as the Covid 19 outbreak has affected all aspects of American life. Because social distancing guidelines have closed movie theaters , restaurants , stadiums , city parks and even beaches the idea of a campaign rally has also been suspended.
As far as the Democratic presidential race is concerned former Vice President Joe Biden stands at 1,217 of the 1,991 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Biden's last remaining competitor Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont stands at 914 delegates. A current average of national polling on the race shows Biden leading with 51% followed by Sanders with 32.5%.
Because many of the remaining states that have yet to hold their primaries have rescheduled them due to Covid 19 , June 2 , 2020 is looking as the date that the the race for the nomination will finally be settled.
On June 2 , the states of Pennsylvania , Indiana , New Mexico , Maryland , South Dakota , Delaware , New Jersey , Connecticut , Rhode Island , Montana and the District of Columbia will finally have their say. June 2 is looking to be Super Tuesday Part II.
February 14, 2020 - The Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary are in the rear view mirror as the race for the Democratic presidential nomination moves onto to Nevada and South Carolina. The latest national polling shows that Senator Bernie Sanders has gotten a bounce out of New Hampshire and now leads nationwide with 29%. Up next up is former Vice President Joe Biden who comes in a distance second at 19%. This is a quite a change in fortunes for Biden who led the race through out 2019.
Coming in a third place is a surging former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with 18%. While Biden's fall in the polls is remarkable , equally stunning is Bloomberg rapid rise who now find himself in the top tier of candidates. While Bloomberg has bypassed the first four states , he is waging an intense nationwide campaign for the states that vote on Super Tuesday , March 3 and beyond.
Fresh off his close second place finish in New Hampshire , former South Bend , Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is fourth with 11% , followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren at 10% and and Senator Amy Klobuchar at 5%.
Next up on the calendar is the Nevada Caucuses that take place on February 22 , 2020.
December 3, 2019 - Senator Kamala Harris of California ended her run for the White House today. Despite a candidacy that began with much optimism , Harris has struggled for months to raise the financial resources needed for a run for the presidency.
This week a new poll illustrated that Harris's campaign was headed in the wrong direction , when new entrant to the Democratic race for the presidential nomination former Mayor New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg scored 6% to just 2% for Harris.
In an email to supports Harris wrote " So here's the truth today. I've taken stock and looked at this from every angle , and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life. My campaign for president simply doesn't have the financial resources to continue."
While Harris White House bid has come to an end , it likely that whoever becomes the nominee for the Democrats will have Harris on their short list for the vice presidency.