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Biden and Trump to face off in election rematch

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Almost a week since his State of the Union address, Joe Biden has secured his party’s nomination and will face-off against Donald Trump in the first US presidential election rematch since 1956.

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Both candidates secured their nominations after the results from primary elections in Georgia, Washington and Mississippi were revealed. The outcome in Georgia showed Biden had passed the 1,968 delegates he needed to win the nomination and hours later, Trump it was confirmed Trump had received the 1,215 delegates he needed for his nomination.

Biden’s nomination was secured after having no real competition in his party. Trump meanwhile has been competing with Nikki Haley, who was the last remaining competitor for the Republican nomination up until last week when she withdrew from the race. Both candidates will be officially nominated at their parties’ conventions in July and August.

These latest results set up a rematch between two candidates whose popularity among the American public has been questionable to say the least. Biden is already the oldest president in US history at the age of 81. Meanwhile Trump, who is 77 years old, is facing 91 felony counts in four criminal cases, with Georgia being one of the states where he is facing criminal charges for his attempt to overturn the 2020 election results.

In a statement after the news of his nomination, Biden expressed what he felt was at stake this election year. “Freedom and democracy are at risk here at home in a way they have not been since the Civil War. Donald Trump is running a campaign of resentment, revenge, and retribution that threatens the very idea of America.”

After Trump’s nomination was confirmed, he said of Biden, “we have to get back to work because we have the worst president in the history of our country. So, we’re not going to take time to celebrate. We’ll celebrate in eight months when the election is over.”

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The upcoming election year is sure to further deepen the political and cultural divides of the US. The main issues of concern for voters this year are immigration and the US Government’s involvement in Israel’s war on Gaza.

The last repeat presidential election took place in 1956 when Republican President Dwight Eisenhower secured a victory over Democrat nominee Adlai Stevenson for the second time. Even further back, the last time two former presidents faced each other in an election was in 1912. This election had four nominees, with Republican incumbent President Howard facing off against former president Theodore Roosevelt, who had broken away from the Republican party to represent the newly formed Progressive Party. Woodrow Wilson also represented the Democratic Party and Eugene Debs the Socialist Party, with Wilson being the overall victor.

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