Some Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report

 

Some of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP funds Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE' (I-Vt.) top aides and supporters have urged the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to drop out of the primary race, sources familiar with the situation told The Washington Post.

Sanders' campaign manager Faiz Shakir and Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Jayapal says progressives need to better coordinate to accomplish initiatives Jayapal explains the paycheck recovery bill MORE (D-Wash.), one of the senator's top surrogates, were both part of the group that has pressed for him to suspend his campaign, according to the sources.

Other Sanders aides and allies such as national campaign co-chair Nina Turner have reportedly encouraged the 78-year-old to stay in the race.

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“Millions of people are counting on him to be on the ballot so they can vote for that alternative vision that they support,” Larry Cohen, a longtime supporter who chairs a nonprofit associated with Sanders, told the Post. “If he was not on the ballot, they will feel abandoned.”

The Democratic presidential nomination has become increasingly difficult for Sanders to win since former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE routed him on Super Tuesday, winning most of the contests that day.

Biden then proceeded to win majority of the next two slates of primaries, giving him a large lead in delegates. A candidate needs 1,991 delegates to secure the nomination and Biden has 1,217 while Sanders has 914.

The next primary is Wisconsin on Tuesday, which polls predict Biden will win handedly.