- Seven states and the District of Columbia held their primaries on Tuesday.
- Biden promised that he will make uniting the country a top priority.
- Biden currently leads Trump in the RCP averages by more than 7 points.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has formally won the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination after attaining the necessary 1,991 delegates to be nominated at the Democratic National Convention. He will now square it out with the incumbent President, Republican Donald Trump, in November.
Seven states and the District of Columbia held their primaries on Tuesday. As expected, Biden triumphed. After the departure of his competitors, Biden was definitely the designated candidate for the Democrats. Now, he has the necessary votes for the nomination, and is likely to win even more in the remaining primaries in eight other states and three US territories.
A United America
“It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded,” Biden said in a statement Friday night, “and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party.” The 77-year-old Biden promised that he will make uniting the country a top priority, so that in unity, the Americans can win the battle for the soul of the nation.
“I am going to spend every day between now and November 3rd fighting to earn the votes of Americans all across this great country,” Biden promised Friday, “so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation, and make sure that as we rebuild our economy, everyone comes along.”
The United States is currently experiencing a wave of protests against racism, which ensued following the death of an African-American, George Floyd, in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis. “This is a difficult time in America’s history,” Biden said Friday night. “And Donald Trump’s angry, divisive politics is no answer. The country is crying out for leadership. Leadership that can unite us. Leadership that can bring us together.”
Biden had previously described Floyd’s death as a “wake-up call for our nation,” and accused Trump of transforming the United States into a “battlefield torn apart by old prejudices and new fears.”
Delays due to Coronavirus
The presidential primaries, and the race in general, have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. Rallies have been canceled for weeks, owing to the fear of the spread of the virus, and many primaries have also been postponed. Also, the Democratic National Convention has been moved from July to August. It is unclear whether and when major campaign events will resume.
According to RealClearPolitics, Biden is currently 7.1 percentage points ahead of Trump in an average of national polls. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led Trump by 2 points at the same time four years ago.
He is expected to announce his running mate soon. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is currently seen as one of the favorites for the position. The 55-year-old ex-lawyer, prosecutor, and California Attorney General with Jamaican and Indian roots was also in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but she dropped out declared her support for Biden.