Bernie Sanders ended his insurgent campaign on Tuesday and endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, appearing jointly with her at a rally in New Hampshire, which gave him his first primary win.
“This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face,” he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that...Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that.
“I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”
With Clinton smiling and nodding beside him, Sanders listed his reasons for endorsing her — that read much like his own agenda which, in his words, was now adopted by her.
Clinton has indeed adopted some of Sanders’s pet campaign promises, such as raising minimum wages to $15 an hour and making community college tuition-free.
She needs Sanders, but she needs his supporters more to, among other things, dispel an enduring perception of her lack of support among young Democrats and independents.
Clinton will also need his list of donors, who kept him afloat financially against the former secretary of state’s formidable fund-raising machine through small contributions.
“People should not underestimate me,” Sanders had said when he launched his campaign in April 2015, and soon proceeded to prove wrong anyone who still did.
He drew large crowds to his rallies, filling large stadiums and sporting arenas with mostly young, educated white men and women fired up by his “Feel the Berne” campaign slogan.
Sanders raised more than $200 million through small contributions, averaging $27 a piece, and went on to win 22 primaries and caucuses, collecting close to 1,900 delegates.
In the end, Clinton out-raised him, and beat him to the Democratic party threshold of 2,383 delegates by collecting 2,807 delegates when the nominating contests ended in June.