Sen. Bernie Sanders to 'assess his campaign' following string of primary losses

Vice President Biden now has a 300 delegate lead over the Vermont democratic socialist

Updated: March 18, 2020 - 11:23am


After a series of primary losses, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders will use the coming weeks to “assess his campaign,” Sanders' campaign manager said Wednesday. 

The announcement comes after Sanders won in two of the first three nominating states, then lost heavily to rival Joe Biden on Super Tuesday, in which 14 states balloted. On Tuesday, Sanders lost in all three primaries – Arizona, Florida and Illinois.

“Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with his supporters to assess his campaign," the Sanders campaigned said. "In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable.” 

Primary contests around the country have been disrupted and rescheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ohio postponed its voting Tuesday.

Georgia, initially scheduled to vote next Tuesday, has postponed its primary, meaning the next time voters in any state go to the polls will not be for almost three weeks.

After last night’s results, Biden, a former vice president, has just over 1,100 delegates, while Sanders unofficially has about 800, with 1,991 needed to officially earn the party's presidential nomination.

Following a surprisingly strong performance by Biden on Super Tuesday, when he won 10 of the 14 states up for grabs, his campaign momentum has only increased.

Critics of the Sanders campaign have, in the past weeks, begun to say that there is no clear delegate path forward for the democratic socialist. He is projected to win few of the states left, and would have to catch up to Biden, with the 300-delegate lead over Sanders.