In a move that has been expected since last week, Vermont senator endorsed his rival in the Presidential race, Hillary Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire, all but securing Clinton's nomination. In a statement supporting Clinton, Sanders said:
"This campaign is not really about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And there is no doubt in my mind that as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that."
In addition to endorsing Clinton, Sanders all but formally ended his candidacy, noting:
"Secretary Clinton has won the democratic nominating process. And I congratulate her for that. 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."
Sanders also criticized opponent Donald Trump noting:
"While Donald Trump is busy insulting Mexicans and Muslims and women and African Americans and our veterans, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths"
Sanders has taken an unusually long time to endorse compared to other presidential races, which fueled speculation that he might take the fight to the convention. While the race turned hostile towards the end, the two worked together during Clinton's tenure as First Lady and their overlap in the Senate.