Axios issues apology after incorrectly reporting Sanders suspended his 2020 campaign

Axios issues apology after incorrectly reporting Sanders suspended his 2020 campaign
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Axios issued an apology Wednesday after incorrectly reporting that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence MORE (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign.

Axios editor-in-chief Nicholas Johnston said the story, which sent shockwaves online, was published due to a breakdown in Axios's editorial process as the outlet adjusts to its staff working remotely.

“Our incorrect report on the Sanders campaign was a big error and we apologize,” said Johnston. “This not an excuse but the reality: our process for full approval in a fully remote newsroom broke down. That has been fixed and we are prominently correcting, and taking responsibility, for the error.” 

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The story, which was published Wednesday morning, said Sanders was suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination after getting swept in the Arizona, Florida and Illinois primaries by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE on Tuesday night. 

Mike Casca, a top spokesman for Sanders’s campaign, swiftly said the story was “absolutely false.”

While the Axios piece was corrected, the original version including the error remained up on Apple News.

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Sanders is assessing his campaign after the three stinging defeats Tuesday and speculation is swirling on whether he will drop out of the race or keep up his campaign to try to push Biden to the left.

“The next primary contest is three weeks away,” Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said in a statement. “Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with his supporters to assess his campaign.”