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Biden, Trump win enough delegates to secure nominations

March 13, 2024

US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump won the Georgia primary elections, landing enough delegates to clinch the nominations of their respective parties.

US Democratic President Joe Biden (left) and former Republican President Donald Trump (right)
Biden and Trump have not faced significant opposition from their respective Democratic and Republican parties, with nominating contests slated for this summer Image: imago images

US President Joe Biden landed the Democratic nomination again on Tuesday, setting up a rematch with his predecessor, Donald Trump.

It would be the first US presidential election rematch in nearly 70 years. Biden and Trump had earlier faced off in the 2020 US election.

Biden 'honored' to represent 'diverse' Democratic Party

Biden became the presumptive nominee of his party when he won a sufficient number of delegates in Georgia, where Trump faces state-level charges over an alleged conspiracy to steal the 2020 election

The win in Georgia's primary pushed Biden's count past the 1,968 needed to win a majority of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August. That's where his nomination will be made official.

"I am honored that the broad coalition of voters representing the rich diversity of the Democratic Party across the country have put their faith in me once again to lead our party and our country in a moment when the threat Trump poses is greater than ever," Biden said, calling Trump's campaign one of  "resentment, revenge, and retribution."

Trump also lands GOP nom: 'We will not fail'

Former President Donald Trump, who won the Republican primaries on Tuesday in Georgia, Mississippi and Washington state, also clinched the Republican nomination. 

He won at least 126 of their combined available delegates, surpassing the 1,215 needed to become the presumptive nominee.

Trump's last Republican primary rival, Nikki Haley, the former United Nations ambassador and governor of South Carolina, dropped out of the race last week.

"We will not fail. We will take back our once great Country," Trump wrote in a post on social media.

A presidential candidate in the US does not officially become the Republican or Democratic nominee until winning the convention vote.

The Republican National Convention is set for July 15 to 18 in Wisconsin, whereas the Democratic National Convention is slated for August 19 to 22 in Chicago.

dh/jsi, wd  (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)

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