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

 

Some of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power Bernie Sanders: 'This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome 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 JayapalHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility 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 BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio 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.