Joe Biden clinches Democratic nomination to fight Trump in November election


Joe Biden took his tally of pledged delegates over the halfway mark of 1,991 from a total of 3,979 on Friday, thus becoming eligible to earn the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Former US Vice President Joe Biden formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination to run for the White House against President Donald Trump in the November election.

His main rival Bernie Sanders had quit the field in April in favour of the 77-year-old leader, who has worked as Vice President for eight years under former president Barak Obama.

“Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination,” Biden tweeted. “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.”

Biden, a votary for strong Indo-US relations, won the delegates after seven states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries on Tuesday, AP reported.

In his remarks after winning the majority, Joe Biden said this is a difficult time in America's history and 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," he said.

"We need an economy that works for everyone - now. We need jobs that bring dignity - now. We need equal justice - and equal opportunities - for every American now. We need a president who cares about helping us heal - now," Joe Biden said.

He said that it was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic Party has ever fielded and added that he was proud to say that Democrats are going into this general election a united party.

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