Bernie Sanders’ decision to endorse Joe Biden on April 13th came sooner than many expected, considering that he said less than a week ago he was still hoping to win more delegates and that four years ago he didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton until July 12th — well after Clinton became the presumptive nominee.
Of course, no one in recent history topped what Eugene McCarthy did in 1968: He didn’t endorse Hubert Humphrey until October 29th of that year, just a week before the election. Then again, I still don’t know if Jerry Brown ever endorsed Bill Clinton in 1992. And neither Nelson Rockefeller nor William Scranton endorsed Barry Goldwater in 1964.
Here’s a look at some memorable battles for the nomination and when the runner-up endorsed the winner:
1988: Bob Dole endorses George Bush, 3/29.
2000: John McCain endorses George W. Bush, 5/9.
1980: George Bush endorses Ronald Reagan, 5/27.
2008: Hillary Clinton endorses Barack Obama, 6/7.
2016: Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton, 7/12.
2000: Bill Bradley endorses Al Gore, 7/13.
1988: Jesse Jackson endorses Michael Dukakis, at the convention.
1984: Gary Hart endorses Walter Mondale, at the convention.
1972: Hubert Humphrey endorses George McGovern, at the convention.
1992: Pat Buchanan endorses George Bush, at the convention.
1976: Ronald Reagan endorses Gerald Ford, at the convention.
2016: Ted Cruz endorses Donald Trump, 9/23.
1968: Eugene McCarthy endorses Hubert Humphrey, 10/29.