Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) remains in the Democratic primary, despite former Vice President Joe Biden virtually locking up the nomination, with his substantial delegate lead and support from former presidential candidates and establishment figures.
Sen. Sanders called for Wisconsin’s upcoming primary to be delayed. Other states with April or May primaries have already postponed primaries or taken steps to transition to mail-in voting exclusively, including Maryland, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Rhode Island, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Wyoming and Connecticut.
People shouldn't have to put their lives on the line to vote. Wisconsin should join the 15 states delaying elections, delay Tuesday’s vote, extend early voting, and work to send every voter a ballot by mail. While we wait for a decision we urge our supporters to vote-by-mail.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 1, 2020
Sen. Sanders said last week that if the Democratic National Committee (DNC) held a debate in April, he would be present, despite the unifying call within the Democratic Party for Sen. Sanders to exit the race.
Sen. Sanders affirmed his plan to stay in the primary during an appearance on The View on Wednesday morning:
Sen. @BernieSanders when asked why he’s staying in the race: "Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote, and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America.”— The View (@TheView) April 1, 2020
“We are assessing our campaign,” he adds. https://t.co/9EgCsAUT3q pic.twitter.com/voCGRgMRm5
Sen. Sanders' resistance exiting the primary, when Biden has all but locked up the nomination, is a repeat of the 2016 Democratic primary, when Sen. Sanders delayed dropping out and conceding to Hillary Clinton.