Biden To Battle Trump For US Presidential Race As He Secures Democratic Nomination.
Joe Biden said on Friday he had secured the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination and face Donald Trump in November’s US presidential election amid the Covid19 pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest.
“Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination,” the former vice president said on Twitter. “I’m going to spend every day fighting to earn your vote so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation.
A candidate needs at least 1,991 delegates to secure the nomination, with Biden crossing the threshold late on Friday after seven states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries earlier in the week.
Biden now has 1,995 delegates, with contests still to come in eight states and three US territories.
“It was an honour to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded – and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party,” Biden said on Friday in a statement.
Biden had been the presumptive Democratic challenger since Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race in April and endorsed his onetime rival’s run at the White House.
Biden spent 36 years in the Senate before becoming Barack Obama’s vice president.
This is 77-year-old Biden’s third bid for the presidency and his success in capturing the Democratic nomination was driven by strong support from Black voters.