U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign Wednesday, making former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic candidate for the party’s nomination.

“I want to express to each of you my deep gratitude for helping to create an unprecedented grass-roots political campaign that has had a profound impact in changing our nation,” said Sanders during a live-streamed video message to supporters. “I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. 

“Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we can become, and have taken this country a major step forward

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