Joe Biden has officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination and will face President Trump at the polls.
The former Vice-President secured the backing of the 1,991 delegates needed to become the party’s candidate earlier today.
Mr Biden – who has been widely expected to become the nominee since Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race in April – will now stand for election on November 3rd.
It comes after the 77-year-old won in all seven US states which held presidential primaries on Tuesday, including Maryland, Indiana, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Montana, South Dakota and Pennsylvania.
In a statement, Mr Biden said the country is “crying out for leadership” as it reels from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and mass protests after the death of George Floyd.
“It was an honour to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded, and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party,” he said.
“I am going to spend every day between now and November 3rd fighting to earn the votes of Americans all across this great country so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation, and make sure that as we rebuild our economy, everyone comes along.
He added: “This is a difficult time in America’s history. And Donald Trump ’s angry, divisive politics is no answer.
“The country is crying out for leadership. Leadership that can unite us.”
Mr Biden – who served as Vice-President under Barack Obama – beat more than two dozen candidates to win the Democratic nomination.
His campaign took off after a resounding win in South Carolina following disappointing early losses.
The former Vice-President has already been exchanging heated words with President Trump ahead of the election.
Earlier today, he described remarks suggesting George Floyd would have been pleased by new employment figures as “despicable”.
Mr Trump had claimed: “It’s a great day for him, it’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day in terms of equality.”
His comments prompted Mr Biden to respond: “George Floyd’s last words, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’ have echoed all across this nation.
“For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd I frankly think is despicable.”
Recent polling suggests that the Democratic nominee currently holds a slight lead over Mr Trump.