Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden clinches Democratic Presidential nomination
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has secured enough delegates to formally clinch the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday. The stage for the November election to challenge President Trump has now been set.
A Presidential candidate needs a minimum of 1,991 delegates to secure the nomination. Biden crossed the mark when results came on Friday after seven states and the District of Columbia held primaries earlier in the week.
This was expected as his main rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, quit the race in April. Biden said, “It was an honor 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.”
The Democratic field had more than 20 candidates in the beginning and they started dropping out as their chances faded. Biden won his first contest in South Carolina at the end of February.
Soon after that, centrist or moderate candidates dropped out before Super Tuesday votes on March 3, where Biden won key contests. It was then just a one-on-one battle with Sanders, who was seen as more progressive than incumbent Democrats.