Former Vice President Joe Biden now takes up the mantle for the Democratic Party after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ended a run fueled by left-wing enthusiasm and working class and progressives’ deep hunger for a revolution. His departure forces the progressive wing to face a choice: line up behind a candidate whose longstanding centrism they’ve denounced; or dig their heels in even as gears now shift towards the general election. Amid the economic and political uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic Party now must struggle to bridge the distance between their disparate factions. Biden has signaled he’s working to woo those resistant progressive groups wary of the ‘establishment standard-bearer.’ Multiple sources tell ABC News that for weeks already, the Biden team has been reaching out to a range of progressive groups and individuals — long before Sanders dropped out — and including some of those who had endorsed Sanders. Wednesday, as Sanders left the race, Biden addressed both his former rival and his base in a lengthy letter, echoing Sanders’ own campaign slogan. “You will be heard by me. As you say: Not me, Us,” Biden wrote. “And to your supporters I make the same commitment: I see you,

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