Joe Biden defeats Bernie Sanders in three major states in US election primaries 1 year ago

Joe Biden defeats Bernie Sanders in three major states in US election primaries

The former vice president is now on course to be the Democratic candidate.

America, like the rest of the world, is currently dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, but the race to be the next US President has not slowed down.

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Former US vice president Joe Biden scored decisive victories in all three major Democratic primaries on Tuesday, earning a massive lead over rival Bernie Sanders in the race for their party's presidential nomination.

Biden took Florida, Illinois and Arizona in the primaries on Tuesday.

The state of Ohio was also scheduled to vote on Tuesday, but it postponed its elections due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking after the major victory, Biden said: "Our campaign has had a very good night. We've moved closer to securing the Democratic Party's nomination for president, and we're doing it by building a broad coalition that we need to win in November."

"From day one, our goal has been to unify our party and our nation — and tonight, we are one step closer to achieving that goal. Let’s do this, together."

Biden is now likely to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 US election. Trump has not yet commented on Biden's major step forward, and has instead been tweeting about coronavirus.