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Biden clinches nomination, readies for fall showdown with Trump

Biden finished Tuesday's primaries with 1,993 delegates, two more than needed to clinch, The Associated Press announced.

Published: June 5, 2020 11:21pm

Updated: June 6, 2020 12:52pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday night officially clinched the Democratic nomination for president, setting up a fall showdown with President Trump.

Biden secured enough delegates in Tuesday's round of primaries to finish with 1,993, two more than needed to secure the nomination at the party's convention in Milwaukee in August, The Associated Press announced.

The former vice president and senator immediately issued a statement laying out his vision for the fall campaign.

"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," Biden said. "I am going to spend every day between now and November 3rd fighting to earn the votes of Americans all across this great country 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."

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