It’s always sad to lose a loved one but to lose the last person to raise you on the eve of what could be a historic election….
In a joint statement with his sister, the Democratic candidate announced the news that Madelyn Dunham had died peacefully after a battle with cancer.
He said: “She was the cornerstone of our family and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength and humility.
“She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances.”
Just over a week ago, the Illinois senator took a break from campaigning and flew to Hawaii to be with Mrs Dunham, who had helped raise him.