Former Vice President Joe Biden is now the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. In a livestream on Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders, the only other candidate left in the once crowded race, announced the end of his presidential campaign. Speaking to supporters, Sanders said he “cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win, and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour.”
Sanders’ exit sets up a long battle between Vice President Biden and President Donald Trump. In an online fundraising event, Biden told donors “it’s going to be a really rough and I suspect pretty mean campaign.” In a recent CNN poll conducted by SSRS, Biden has an 11-point advantage, earning 53 percent among registered voters compared to Trump’s 42 percent. Ranked on specific issues, Biden holds an edge over Trump on COVID-19 response (52 percent to 43 percent), healthcare (57 percent to 39 percent) and helping the middle class (57 percent to 38 percent). But Trump narrowly beats Biden on who would do a better job handling the economy (50 percent to 46 percent).