Washington Post

Sanders faces growing pressure to withdraw from presidential race

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is facing an exit in the race for the Democratic nomination. Foto: Lucas Jackson

As Bernie Sanders' decisive primary defeats Tuesday put him almost hopelessly behind in the race for the Democratic nomination, he began facing growing calls to withdraw from Democrats who want the party to unite and focus its energy on defeating President Donald Trump.

Even before Tuesday's big losses in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, a chorus of Democrats was publicly urging Sanders to drop out. With upcoming primaries likely to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats increasingly worry that former vice president Joe Biden, who leads the race by a comfortable margin, might not be able to fully turn his focus to Trump before late summer if Sanders stays in...

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