U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president, ending a lengthy primary battle for the Democratic Party less than two weeks before the nominating convention.
Sanders, standing alongside Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire, acknowledged that Clinton had won the Democratic primaries. “She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States,” he said.
This year’s Democratic primaries were one of the longest, with Sanders refusing to give up well beyond the last primary on June 14. Sanders managed to win a large number of votes and states, but Clinton ultimately received 3.6 million more votes than Sanders.
“Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is announced it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates,” Sanders said. “That is a lot of delegates, far more than almost anyone thought we could win. But it is not enough to win the nomination.”
The Democratic convention will take place in Philadelphia later this month, when Clinton will become the first woman in the U.S. to be a major party’s presidential nominee. The election will take place in November, when Clinton is expected to face Republican challenger Donald Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
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