Biden clinches Democratic bid to face Trump in election

Former vice president Joe Biden on Friday claimed victory in the race to take on President Donald Trump in the November election.

“It was an honor to compete alongside most talented groups of candidates the has ever fielded – and am proud to that we are going into this general election a united party,” Biden said in a statement.

Biden passed the 1,991-delegate threshold required to seize the nomination, according to data by the Associated Press.

The victory is largely symbolic as Biden has the candidate left in the Democratic race after left-wing Bernie Sanders bowed out in April.

More than a dozen states have delayed their primary contests or switched to voting-by-mail due to public health concerns amid the pandemic.

Biden is a long-time member of the party establishment, having served as a for decades, and was vice president under former president Barack Obama. (dpa/NAN)