Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE won the Guam caucuses, securing the delegates he needed to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Democratic Party of Guam announced Saturday that Biden received 270 votes, or 70 percent of the total share, compared with 118 for Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE (I). That gave Biden five of Guam’s seven pledged delegates, pushing him over the 1,991-delegate threshold to clinch the nomination.
Biden declared victory Friday evening as the preliminary results rolled in shortly before midnight.
"It was an honor 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 in a statement Friday.
"I am going to spend every day between now and Nov. 3 fighting to earn the votes of Americans all across this great country so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation, and make sure that as we rebuild our economy, everyone comes along," he added.
Sanders has already suspended his campaign and endorsed Biden but is remaining on upcoming primary and caucus ballots to try to rack up delegates in an effort to influence the Democratic Party's platform at its convention this summer.
Biden will officially accept the Democratic nomination at the party’s national convention in August.