Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has suspended his presidential campaign’s ads on Facebook following primary defeats in Illinois, Florida and Arizona on Tuesday, Axios reports.
Sanders and his wife, Jane, have returned to Vermont amid reports that the senator has little hope of catching up to former Vice President Joe Biden’s delegate lead. Axios notes that former presidential contenders Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg both suspended their Facebook ads just before suspending their campaigns.
"The next primary contest is at least three weeks ago," Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement, according to Fox Business. "Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign. In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable."
The senator said while on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that “there's not going to be an election for another three weeks. We are talking to our supporters. Anybody who suggests at this point we're ending our campaign is not telling the truth.”
Mike Casca, communications director for the Sanders campaign, on Wednesday refuted rumors based on Axios’ report, saying the senator is “not suspending,” his campaign, according to Fox News.
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