Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced on Wednesday that he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race.
The move paves the way for former Vice President Joe Biden to win the 2020 nomination.
Speaking to supporters in a video conference, Sanders said, “I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth…the path towards victory is virtually impossible.”
He acknowledged that he knows some want him to fight, but during the current coronavirus crisis, “I cannot in good conscious continue to mount a campaign that cannot win.”
While Sanders won some of the earlier Democratic primaries, he was unable to build on that momentum.
Biden made a huge push in the subsequent contests, most recently winning the Florida, Illinois and Arizona Democratic primaries held last month.
Sanders recently called for the US sanctions on Iran to be lifted, citing the high death toll in the Islamic Republic from the novel coronavirus.
The Jewish senator has made some controversial statements regarding Israel and its government, which he claimed is “racist”.
Sanders also said that he would seriously consider moving the US embassy in Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv if elected.
Despite the controversial statements, Sanders insisted he is not anti-Israel.