For all intents and purposes, the 2020 presidential race has been put on hold as the nation battles the coronavirus pandemic.
But even though Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is not mathematically out of the running, reports are now surfacing that Sanders’ top allies would want him to quit the race.
Drop out, Bernie
As quiet as former Vice President Joe Biden had been during this crisis, Bernie Sanders has been even less visible.
He has faded in the polls and even though he has yet to concede the nomination, the media and Democrats are acting as though Biden has already won the race.
With very little chance to win and unable to campaign, Sanders’ people are now reportedly recommending that he just pack it in.
A Washington Post report recently broke stating that Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir and top surrogate Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) have both advised Sanders that he should end the campaign now, The Hill reported.
Joe Biden has also told Sanders that he is moving forward with decisions on who he will have on his ticket and within his administration if he were to win the election.
“I don’t want him to think I’m being presumptuous, but you have to start now deciding on who you’re going to have background checks done on as potential vice presidential candidates and it takes time,” Biden stated, according to NBC News.
While most believe Sanders should concede the nomination, there are still a few holdouts that want Sanders to remain in the race until he is mathematically eliminated. National campaign co-chair Nina Turner, for one, wants him to stay in.
Larry Cohen, a major supporter of Sanders, also wants him to stay in the race. “Millions of people are counting on him to be on the ballot so they can vote for that alternative vision that they support. If he was not on the ballot, they will feel abandoned,” he said, according to The Hill.
Most Trump supporters would love to see this play out as long as possible. The longer Sanders stays in, the more money Biden has to spend to fight him off, which means less money to fight against Trump once the general election sets in.
With this pandemic, money is going to be hard to come by, and Biden’s campaign is already financially challenged. That may mean we’re looking at another four years with The Donald in the Oval Office.