Joe Biden formally Democratic nominee for president

Joe Biden officially named Democratic nominee for president

Former Vice President Joe Biden formally won the Democratic nomination for president for the 2020 campaign on Tuesday night.

Biden, who needed 2,374 votes from the delegates, officially went over the top in the delegate count when North Carolina announced its allocation of votes.

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The roll call vote was held with people from all 57 states and territories appearing over video.

Biden clinched the nomination in early June. His other challengers in the Democratic presidential primary had left the race.

Biden’s home state of Delaware passed in the alphabetical order to go last and deliver the final delegates to Biden, who appeared live on the screen for the first time during the convention.

“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart from my family, and I’ll see you on Thursday,” Biden said, referring to his upcoming speech that will close the convention.

Former President Bill Clinton headlined a group of speakers Tuesday night. Clinton, along with Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer spoke during the virtual nominating process. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell also spoke.

The first night of the convention saw an 18-minute prerecorded speech in which former first lady Michelle Obama urged Democrats to vote for Biden as if “your life depends on it.”