Joe Biden has formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination and polls have shown he is ahead of President Donald Trump in the US. The presidential election in the US will be held in the backdrop of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest.
Bident managed to get the 1,991 delegates needed to become the nominee for the November election. Seven states and the District of Columbia had held the presidential primaries on Tuesday. Polls measuring views of registered voters carried out by various agencies have shown that Biden is ahead of Trump. Biden’s challenger in the Democratic party Bernie Sanders had ended his campaign in April.
The results for the primaries were declared three days after it was held owing to the high number of mail ballots which resulted in delay in tabulation. He now has 1,993 delegates, with contests still to come in eight states and three US territories.
Biden’s nomination lacked the usual fanfare as COVID-19 pandemic had restricted everyone’s movement. Polls have revealed that Trump is also lagging behind in the six states he had won with a narrow margin in 2016.