Joe Biden has formally won the Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump in November’s presidential election.
He said on Twitter that he had secured the 1,991 delegates needed and would fight to “win the battle for the soul of the nation”.
Mr Biden, 77, secured the nomination officially after seven states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries on Tuesday with three US territories yet to vote.
It is his third bid for the presidency.
He had been the effective nominee since Bernie Sanders withdrew in April.
“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”, Biden said.
“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. Leadership that can bring us together”, he added.
Endorsed by Barack Obama
Mr Obama endorsed Mr Biden in April, saying in a video that Mr Biden had “all the qualities we need in a president right now”.
Mr Biden, who served as Barack Obama’s vice-president, began the primary campaign in faltering style in Iowa and New Hampshire, but then built momentum with a convincing victory in South Carolina.
He then dominated the so-called Super Tuesday contests, taking 10 of the 14 states.
The US is facing major civil unrest over the death of an unarmed African American man, George Floyd, in police custody, at the same time as unemployment has reached levels unseen since the Great Depression amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
Mr Trump and Mr Biden have already clashed on these issues, which look set to dominate the polls in November.