10:02 GMT25 September 2020
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    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the anti-establishment warrior trailing Joe Biden in the race for the presidential nomination, is projected to fall further behind in the delegate count following a weak showing on Tuesday and the Democrats coalescing behind the former vice president.

    For Bernie Sanders, this might be the worst moment of his presidential run yet.

    With the primary results still trickling in, Sanders is currently losing four out of the six states that voted on Tuesday, including Michigan, the biggest prize that he won in 2016.

    Joe Biden now looks set to extend his lead in the delegate count ahead of Sunday’s debate in Phoenix and the primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio next Tuesday.

    Seemingly acknowledging that he was on course to win the nomination, Biden thanked Sanders supporters for their “tireless energy and their passion.”

    “We need you. We want you. And there’s a place in our campaign for each of you,” he said of his rivals at a Philadelphia rally on Tuesday. The Sanders campaign has yet to comment on Tuesday’s results.

    Social media, meanwhile, have been awash with triumphant anti-Sanders messages, which propelled the hashtag #ByeByeBernie to the top of Twitter trends.

    The Bye Bye Bernie slogan first emerged in 1994, when gun rights activists launched an eponymous campaign against Sanders, then a representative, in Vermont. He recalled in a memoir how the National Rifle Association distributed 20,000 “Bye Bye Bernie” bumper stickers leading up to the election to Congress, in which he supported a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons.

    Democratic Party, primary, Michigan, 2020 election, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders
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