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US Presidential Nominations: Stage Set For Biden-Trump Round 2 

| Updated: March 13, 2024 12:27

US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are headed for a rematch after both clinched their respective party’s nominations. Both candidates were projected to win their primaries in the states of Georgia, Mississippi and Washington. Biden secured the 1,968 delegates needed for the Democratic nomination and sent a clear message that he is ready for Round 2 versus Trump. 

Neither Biden, a Democrat, nor Trump, a Republican, faced major opposition. But the magnitude of their wins gave each man the delegate majority he needed to claim his party’s nomination at the national conventions this summer. Not even halfway through the presidential primary calendar, Tuesday marked a crystallising moment for a nation uneasy with its choices in 2024. 

 At 81, Biden is already the oldest president in US history, while the 77-year-old Trump is facing decades in prison as a defendant in four criminal cases. 

 Their re-match, the first featuring two US presidents since 1912, will almost certainly deepen the nation’s searing political and cultural divides over the eight-month grind that lies ahead. 

 In a statement, Biden celebrated the nomination while casting Trump as a serious threat to democracy. 

 Trump, Biden said, “is running a campaign of resentment, revenge, and retribution that threatens the very idea of America”. 

 He continued, “I am honoured 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.” 

 On the eve of Tuesday’s primaries, Trump acknowledged that Biden would be the Democratic nominee, even as he seized on the President’s age. 

 Both candidates dominated Tuesday’s primaries in swing-state Georgia, deep-red Mississippi and Democratic-leaning Washington. Voting was taking place later in Hawaii’s Republican caucus. 

 Despite their tough talk, the road ahead will not be easy for either presumptive nominee. 

 Trump is facing 91 felony counts in four criminal cases involving his handling of classified documents and his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, amongst other alleged crimes. 

 He’s also facing increasingly pointed questions about his policy plans and relationships with some of the world’s most dangerous dictators. 

 On March 8, Trump privately met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has rolled back democracy in his country. 

Biden, who would be 86 years old at the end of his next term, is working to assure a sceptical electorate that he’s still physically and mentally able to thrive in the world’s most important job. Voters in both parties are unhappy with his handling of immigration and inflation. 

And he’s dealing with additional dissension within his party’s progressive base, furious that he hasn’t done more to stop Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza. 

 Activists and religious leaders in Washington encouraged Democrats to vote “uncommitted” to signal their outrage. 

 In Seattle, 26-year-old voter Bella Rivera said they hoped their “uncommitted” vote would serve as a wakeup call for the Democratic Party. 

 “If you really want our votes, if you want to win this election, you’re going to have to show a little bit more support of Palestinian liberation — that’s something that’s very important to us and cease funds to Israel,” said Rivera, a preschool teacher who uses they/them pronouns. 

 Almost 3,000 miles away in Georgia, retiree Donna Graham said she would have preferred another Republican nominee over Trump, but she said there’s no way she’d ever vote for Biden in the general election. 

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