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Ending months of speculation, Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will not be seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. He was flanked by his wife Jill Biden and President Barack Obama.

“As the family and I have worked through the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president. I’ve concluded it has closed.

While only a small circle of people knew the answer to the question as the family grieved over the loss of his son Beau Biden, a nation was on tenterhooks waiting for the vice president to make the announcement that could have redefined his political legacy. He had run for office twice before.

A run threatened to throw a wrench in plans by Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton to become the first female president of the United States, and second runner-up Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who could advance further than any Jewish candidate for president.

Both are polling well and drawing large crowds at political events. A CNN/ORC poll released Monday shows that Clinton stands at 45 percent in the race, Sanders 29 percent, and Biden 18 percent.

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