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Trump and Biden clinch 2024 presidential nominations

President Joe Biden, left, on Jan. 5, and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, right, on Jan. 19.
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President Joe Biden, left, on Jan. 5, and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, right, on Jan. 19.

Updated March 12, 2024 at 11:56 PM ET

The general election rematch between former President Donald Trump and President Biden is now official.

Both men have now secured the required delegates to be their respective party's nominee.

Biden and Trump won nearly every contest in the presidential nominating calendar so far but the important threshold of winning a majority of delegates to the party conventions this summer has finally been met. Tuesday's contests included primaries in Georgia, a key swing state for both parties, as well as Washingtonstate and Mississippi.

Trump has been a de facto incumbent throughout the process, holding off several challengers though ceding a meaningful share of votes to former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

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Biden did not face serious opposition in the primaries, but opposition to his policies around Israel and Gaza has led to some delegates going to "uncommitted."

In Biden's response to securing the nomination earlier tonight he took a swipe at his expected challenger, front-runner Trump.

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Similarly, Trump lashed out at Biden.

How it played out

Georgia's polls closed at 7 p.m. ET, Mississippi's closed at 8 p.m. ET, with Washington closed at 11 p.m. ET and the Hawaii GOP caucus concluding at 2 a.m. ET. Wednesday. Biden secured the nomination not long after winning the primary in Georgia.

Heading into Tuesday, Biden had an estimated 1,866 delegates out of the 1,968 needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. There were 254 delegates at stake in the March 12 Democratic contests, and Biden won all six of the delegates from the Northern Mariana Islands Tuesday morning.

For Trump, he needed 137 delegates heading into Tuesday. There were 161 up for grabs in the March 12 Republican contests. Trump secured the nomination just after Washington state's polls closed — not long after winning Mississippi as well as Georgia, a state where he faces criminal charges for a failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election and other obstacles to winning in November.

This is the third presidential cycle in a row where Trump will be the GOP nominee. And as he secures the nomination on March 12, he becomes the second earliest Republican and third earliest candidate overall — in the modern era — to clinch his party's spot at the top of the ticket.

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Stephen Fowler
Stephen Fowler is a political reporter with NPR's Washington Desk and will be covering the 2024 election based in the South. Before joining NPR, he spent more than seven years at Georgia Public Broadcasting as its political reporter and host of the Battleground: Ballot Box podcast, which covered voting rights and legal fallout from the 2020 presidential election, the evolution of the Republican Party and other changes driving Georgia's growing prominence in American politics. His reporting has appeared everywhere from the Center for Public Integrity and the Columbia Journalism Review to the PBS NewsHour and ProPublica.