Joe Biden passes delegate threshold to clinch Democratic presidential nomination Vice President Joe Biden has officially clinched the 1,991 pledged delegates he needs to be the Democratic Party’s nominee.
Biden swept all seven states holding presidential primaries on Tuesday — Maryland, Indiana, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota and Pennsylvania plus the District of Columbia. He had been inching closer In a statement released soon after the needed number was reached, Biden said the country needs leadership.
“This is a difficult time in America’s history. And Donald Trump’s angry, divisive politics is no answer. The country is crying out for leadership. Leadership that can unite us,” a portion of the statement reads. In early April, Biden became the presumptive nominee after Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last Democratic opponent still in the race, suspended his presidential campaign. Biden, 77,
Democratic candidates. At one point, there were at least two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. The Democratic National Committee will hold their convention in mid-August, where Biden will officially be nominated to represent their party in the general election.
Over the past several months, President Donald Trump and Biden have already begun the general election fight. The two have criticized each over their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, their relationships with China, and most recently, the protests following the death of George Floyd.
According to recent polling, Biden takes a slight lead over Trump in a head-to-head match up for the general election. Biden’s next challenge will be to pick a running mate that can help energize key voters, like young progressives and voters of color, particularly black voters.
Biden will also need to engage young, progressive voters, many of whom supported Sanders. Over the past several weeks, Biden has worked with Sanders on policy working groups .