Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he has no intention of withdrawing from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he “looks forward” to debating former Vice President Joe Biden.
The next debate in which Biden and Sanders will go head-to-head is scheduled for this Sunday in Phoenix.
But because of concerns over the growing coronavirus outbreak, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that there will not be a live studio audience at the debate.
The Democratic socialist’s comments comes as Joe Biden won four of the six states voting on Tuesday, including double-digit wins in Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri.
The former vice president won by percentage points in Idaho, and Sanders was declared the winner in Idaho.Washington is still too close to call.
Biden’s racking up the wins in those four states and in 10 of the 14 states that voted last week on Super Tuesday has left Sanders with a narrow path to the presidential nomination.
By Wednesday morning, Biden was leading Sanders in the delegate count 857 to 709.
A candidate needs 1,991 delegates to win the nomination at the Democratic National Convention this summer. Nine former Democratic hopefuls – including former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar – have endorsed Biden.
Sanders picked up endorsements from one-time campaign rivals Mayor Bill de Blasio and Marianne Williamson.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who dropped out of the race after a poor showing on Super Tuesday that included coming in third in her home state of Massachusetts, has yet to endorse Biden or Sanders.
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