Bernie Sanders reassessing campaign after recent primary losses
WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is reassessing his presidential campaign ahead of the next primary contest on April 4, his campaign says.
“The next primary contest is at least three weeks away,” Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement Wednesday. “Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign.”
The statement comes a day after Sanders lost all three states competing on Tuesday – Arizona, Illinois and Florida. Former Vice President Joe Biden won those states overwhelmingly, winning every single county in Florida and almost all the counties in Illinois.
During the March 10 primaries, Sanders only won North Dakota and lost several states that he had won in 2016, including Washington and Michigan.
Last month, Sanders was seen as the frontrunner, leading in national polling and delegates. However, Biden’s campaign was reenergized following his blowout win in South Carolina on Feb. 29. Since then, Biden has bested Sanders in many key primary states this month and has jumped to the lead in delegates.
Sanders will likely have a hard time moving forward to close the gap in delegates against Biden.
Shakir says that “in the immediate term,” Sanders is “focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable.”