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Biden and Trump are US presidential candidates

Biden and Trump are US presidential candidates

Trump has surpassed the 1,215 delegates needed to be re-elected as the Republican presidential nominee. Biden surpassed the 1,968 delegates he needed from his Democratic Party. This means that the November 5 presidential election will be a repeat of the 2020 election, in which Biden defeated the then-incumbent Trump.

Trump, 77, has effectively been the Republican presidential nominee since last week's Super Tuesday, when his last internal rival, Nikki Haley, dropped out of the race. The right-wing populist, who is extremely popular with the right-wing base, has clearly dominated the Republican primaries since January, despite his massive judicial troubles. One by one, his challengers dropped out, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

After the primaries ended on Tuesday, Republicans congratulated Trump on his victory. “Congratulations, President Trump,” he wrote on the party's texting service (Make America Great Again).

Trump said in his victory speech that the Republican Party is united behind him. He criticized Biden as “dishonest” and wrote on Truth Social, the online service he founded: “We will take back our once great country.”

For Democrats, the outcome of the primaries was certain from the start: Biden has no serious challengers from his own ranks, although many Democrats consider the 81-year-old too old to run again. Biden thanked Democratic voters in a statement Tuesday and hoped he would “lead our party — and our country — again.” He warned that Trump poses a greater “danger” than ever before.

The presidential nominees of the two major US parties are formally chosen at party conventions in the summer after nationwide primaries that run through June. The Republican convention is held in July in Milwaukee and the Democratic convention in August in Chicago.

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