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Biden and Trump secure their parties’ presidential nominations


President
Biden

and

Donald
Trump

both
secured
their
parties’
nominations
for
the
presidency
Tuesday,
formalizing
a
general-election
rematch
that
many
voters
dread
but
that
has
appeared
virtually
inevitable
for
months.

Biden
won
a
critical
mass
of
delegates
to
the
Democratic
National
Convention
with
a
victory

in
Georgia
,
hours
before
Trump
clinched
the
Republican
delegates
he
needed
with
a
victory
in
Washington
state.
The
Associated
Press
quickly
projected
wins
for
both
men
in
Georgia,
Washington
and
Mississippi
on
Tuesday
evening
as
Hawaii
was
also
set
to
hold
its
GOP
caucuses.

The
general
election
is
effectively
well
underway,
with
Trump
and
Biden
sparring
over
immigration,
the
economy,

abortion

and
each
other’s
fitness
for
office.
Biden’s
State
of
the
Union
speech
last
week
resembled
a
campaign
curtain-raiser
as
he
sought
to
reassure
voters
about
his
age
and
reinvigorate
swaths
of
the
Democratic
coalition
that
are
not
enthused
about
2024.
Trump’s
campaign
this
week
took
control
of
the
Republican
National
Committee
and

fired
dozens

of
staff
as
they
sought
to
function
as
a
single
operation
and

catch
up

to
Biden’s
fundraising.

Biden
is
attacking
Trump’s
antiabortion
record
and

disdain
for

many
U.S.
commitments
abroad,
and
he
is
arguing
that
Trump
poses
a
unique
threat
to
American
democracy
after
attempting
to
overturn
the
2020
election.
“Donald
Trump
is
running
a
campaign
of
resentment,
revenge,
and
retribution
that
threatens
the
very
idea
of
America,”
Biden
said
in
a
statement
Tuesday
after
winning
the
nomination.

Trump
is
capitalizing
on
voters’
disapproval
of
Biden
and
his
handling
of
the
economy
and
southern

border


and
he
is
preparing
for

his
first
trial

in
several
pending
criminal
cases,
which
have
rallied
the
GOP
but
could
give
swing
voters
pause.

General
elections
typically
draw
much
broader
turnout
than
primaries,
complicating
efforts
to
draw
lessons
from
Tuesday’s
results
for
November.
But
the
vote
in
Georgia,
a
key
swing
state
where
both
candidates

campaigned
Saturday
,
offered
some
clues
to
Trump’s
and
Biden’s
political
strengths
and
weaknesses.

Former
U.N.
ambassador

Nikki
Haley
,
who

dropped
out

of
the
GOP
primary
last
week,
came
closer
to
Trump
in
a
couple
of
Atlanta
area
counties
where
Democrats
had
big
advantages
in
2020.
But
much
of
her
support
came
before
Tuesday.
With
an
estimated
78
percent
of
the
vote
counted
statewide
Tuesday
night,
Haley
had
just
5
percent
support

among
Election
Day

voters,
compared
with
21
percent
among
those
who
voted
early.

Biden
needed
to
win
1,968
delegates
to
Democrats’
convention
this
summer,
while
Trump
needed
to
win
1,215
delegates
to
the
Republican
National
Convention
to
lock
down
the
nomination.
A
large
share
of
delegates
were
awarded
last
week
on
Super
Tuesday,
when
15
states
voted
at
once.

After
a
primary
race
that
took
the
candidates
across
the
country
to
places
including
Iowa,
South
Carolina
and
California,
the
general
election
is
expected
to
be
waged
largely
in
the
battleground
states
of
Pennsylvania,
Michigan,
Wisconsin,
Georgia,
Arizona
and
Nevada,
with
the
possible
addition
of
North
Carolina.
In
2020,
Biden
won
six
of
those
states,
narrowly
losing
North
Carolina
to
Trump.
Recent
polling,
however,
has
shown
Trump
leading
in
many
of
the
battleground
states
as
well
as
nationally,
as
Biden
faces
low
approval
ratings.

“Biden’s
biggest
challenge
is
consolidation
of
the
base,”
Democratic
strategist
Joel
Payne
said.
“Obviously,
Biden
is
going
to
do
a
pretty
robust
outreach
to
moderates
and
Republicans

but
the
first
thing
he
needs
to
do
is
consolidate
his
base.”

Biden
has
sought
to
frame
the
election
as
a
choice
between
two
vastly
different
presidents,
hoping
to
make
the
race
as
much
of
a
referendum
on
Trump
as
on
himself.
During
the
State
of
the
Union
address
last
week,
Biden
referred
to
“my
predecessor”
more
than
a
dozen
times
as
he
blasted
Trump
on
a
range
of
issues
including
abortion,
taxes,
trade
and
health
care.

Biden,
81,
has
recently
addressed
the
issue
of
his
age
more
directly,
often
reminding
people
that
Trump
is
not
much
younger
at
77.
His
campaign
has
also
begun
to
amplify
the
contrast
with
Trump
in
television
ads,
launching
a
$30
million
push
last
week.

Trump’s
campaign
long
expected
to
clinch
the
GOP
nomination
by
March
19
at
the
latest.
His
nomination
seemed,
to
many,
like
a
foregone
conclusion
since
the
Jan.
15
caucuses
in
Iowa,
which
kicked
off
the
nominating
process
and
crushed
competitors’
hopes
by
delivering
Trump
a
30-point
landslide.

Last
week,
the
former
president’s
path
simplified:
His
last
standing
rival,
Haley,
lost
big
on
Super
Tuesday
as
anticipated
and
dropped
out
of
the
race.

“It
is
now
up
to
Donald
Trump
to
earn
the
votes
of
those
in
our
party
and
beyond
it
who
did
not
support
him,
and
I
hope
he
does
that,”

Haley
said

last
Wednesday,
declining
to
offer
Trump
her
endorsement.

Despite
the
bitter
GOP
primary,
Republican
voters
are
overwhelmingly
behind
Trump
in
the
general
election,
according
to
recent
polling,
which
suggested
that
Biden
has
more
work
ahead
to
re-create
his
2020
coalition.

Trump
has
been
especially
focused
on
the
U.S.-Mexico
border
in
recent
speeches,
promising
to
begin
“the
largest
domestic
deportation
operation
in
American
history”
and
speaking
in
apocalyptic
terms
about
a

rise
in

undocumented
immigration.

“I
will
end
the
agony
of
our
people,
the
plunder
of
our
cities,
the
sacking
of
our
towns,
the
violation
of
our
citizens
and
the
conquest
of
our
country,”
Trump
said
at
his
Georgia
rally
this
past
weekend.
“These
people
are
conquering
our
country.”

Trump
this
week

sought
to
delay

his
first
trial,
set
to
begin
March
25
in
New
York.
The
former
president
is
accused
of
falsifying
business
records
to
conceal
hush
money
to
an
adult-film
actress,
and
he
has
pleaded
not
guilty.

Biden,
unlike
Trump,
faced
no
prominent
competitors
in
the
primary.
The
Democratic
Party
rallied
behind
its
incumbent
president
and
rearranged
its
primary
calendar
to
kick
off
with
South
Carolina

the
state
that
set
Biden
on
the
path
to
victory
in
2020.

Long-shot
opponent
Dean
Phillips,
a
Democratic
congressman
from
Minnesota,

ended
his
campaign

last
week
after
failing
to
win
any
delegates.

The
most
significant
opposition
to
Biden
in
the
primary
came
in
the
form
of

organized
efforts

to
vote
“uncommitted”
in
protest
of
the
Biden
administration’s
handling
of
the

Israel-Gaza
war
.
“Uncommitted”
made
up
13
percent
of
the
Democratic
primary
vote
in
Michigan
and
about
19
percent
of
the
primary
vote
in
Minnesota,
two
states
with
large
Arab
American
populations.


Scott
Clement
contributed
to
this
report.

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