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Trump and Biden rematch could be confirmed tonight

Photo: Elijah Nouvelage Agence France-Presse Georgia leads the list of four states holding primaries on Tuesday.

Steve Peoples – Associated Press in New York

7:04 p.m.

  • United States

Joe Biden and Donald Trump hope to clinch their parties' presidential nominations with dominant victories in a series of state primaries Tuesday, as the fight for the White House in 2024 enters a new phase.

Neither Mr. Biden, a Democrat, nor Mr. Trump, a Republican, faces significant opposition in primaries in Georgia, Washington state, Mississippi and Hawaii.

Only one question remains: will they get the necessary delegates in each state to reach the 50% national threshold and become their party's presumptive nominee ?

Whether it happens Tuesday evening or in the coming days, the 2024 presidential election is about to cross a moment that will crystallize an electoral rematch between Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump.

And this rematch – the first between two US presidents since 1956 – will almost certainly deepen the country's searing political and cultural divisions over the next eight months.

On the eve of Tuesday's primaries, Mr. Trump acknowledged that President Biden would be the Democratic nominee, even as he launched a new attack on the president's age. “I guess he’ll be the nominee,” Donald Trump said of Joe Biden on CNBC. I am his only adversary other than life, life itself. »

Mr. Biden also turned much of his attention to Donald Trump, whom the Democratic president described as a serious threat to democracy while campaigning Monday night in New Hampshire. He also promised a greater presence during the upcoming campaign.

“I look forward to participating in more and more of these events,” Biden said. He later joked about his age. “I know I don’t look it, but I’ve been here for a while. »

Georgia leads the list of four states holding primaries on Tuesday.

The state was a crucial battleground in the last presidential election – so close that Trump found himself indicted there for his desire to “add 11,780 votes” to overturn Mr. Biden’s victory.

But as both candidates invest their energy in the swing state, they are grappling with glaring flaws.

Mr. Trump faces 91 counts in four criminal cases involving tampering with classified documents and attempting to overturn the results after the 2020 election, among other alleged crimes. He also faces increasingly pointed questions about his political plans and his relationships with some of the world's most dangerous dictators. Mr. Trump met privately on Friday with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has rolled back democracy in his country.

Mr. Biden, 81, is working to assure a skeptical electorate that he is still physically and mentally capable of succeeding in the world's most important office.

He also faces dissension within his party's progressive base, angry that he has not done more to stop Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza. Last month in Michigan, a “non-committal” protest vote garnered more than 100,000 votes and actually secured the support of two Democratic delegates.

Ahead of Tuesday's vote, signs scattered across Seattle urged primary attendees to also vote “no strings attached,” with some signs reading: “Over 30,000 dead. Vote for a ceasefire on Tuesday, March 12. »

It's much the same in Georgia, where local politicians and religious leaders are pushing Mr. Biden to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

“The most valuable tool we have to hold this president accountable for his harmful policies is our vote,” Rami Al-Kabra, a Palestinian Muslim American, said before the March 12 election and deputy mayor of Bothell, a city about 13 miles northeast of Seattle.

Mr. Biden enters Tuesday 102 delegates shy of the 1,968 needed to officially become the presumptive Democratic nominee. There are 254 Democratic delegates at stake Tuesday in Georgia, Mississippi and Washington state, in addition to party-run elections for the Northern Mariana Islands and Democrats Abroad, for whom voting ends this day.

Without a major opponent, Mr. Biden is on track to achieve this goal.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is also on track to reach his magic number.

As of Sunday, he was 137 delegates short of the 1,215 needed to win the Republican nomination at the party's national convention this summer. There are 161 Republican delegates at stake Tuesday in Georgia, Mississippi, Washington state and Hawaii.

With a good performance on Tuesday, Mr. Trump can pocket all the delegates from Georgia, Mississippi and Washington state. Hawaii awards delegates proportionally so that other candidates can gain some, even with a small share of the vote.

Unsure whether he will hit the target, Mr. Trump's campaign team has not planned a big victory party like it did last week when hundreds of people packed his Mar-a club -Lago for a Super Tuesday celebration with drinks and hors d'oeuvres distributed.

Associated Press writers Hallie Golden in Seattle, Fatima Hussein in Manchester, New Hampshire and Jill Colvin in New York contributed to this report.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

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