Sanders vows to stay in 2020 race as Biden closes in on Democratic nomination

Biden wins Michigan: Should Bernie Sanders drop out? editor Katie Pavlich, former senior adviser to Joe Biden Moe Vela and Reason editor-at-large Matt Welch discuss Democrat primaries.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to remain in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, despite another bruising night for his campaign on Tuesday, he announced on Wednesday.

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"What became even more apparent yesterday is that while we are currently losing the delegate count, we are strongly winning in two enormously important areas, which will determine the future of our country," Sanders said during a press conference in Burlington, Vermont.

Joe Biden dealt a crushing blow to Sanders' campaign on Tuesday night when he won four of the six primary states, including the biggest delegate prize of the night, Michigan.

Sanders’ loss in Michigan, a once reliably blue state that flipped to President Trump four years ago, is particularly stunning. In 2016, a surprise upset against Hillary Clinton in the state revived his anti-establishment campaign.

But Sanders, who two weeks ago emerged as an unlikely frontrunner in the Democratic Party, vowed to participate in the one-on-one debate with Biden in Phoenix on Sunday night — and hinted at how he plans to attack the former vice president's voting record.

To clinch the nomination, candidates need 1,991 delegates of the 3,979 pledged delegates at the convention in Milwaukee this summer. Delegates are awarded based on caucuses and primaries throughout the nominating contest. Biden, fresh off the heels of a surprise run of victories on Super Tuesday, when he won 10 states, entered Tuesday with a slim delegate lead over the Vermont senator.

More than half of the pledged delegates have not yet been allotted, meaning that Biden cannot mathematically win the nomination until at least April 28.

According to the Associated Press' delegate tracker, Biden currently has 823 delegates. Sanders trails with 663.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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