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With primary wins Trump becomes presumptive Republican nominee

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    Agence France-Presse

Washington, United States   /   Wed, March 18, 2020   /   09:15 am
 With primary wins Trump becomes presumptive Republican nominee In this file photo US President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a 'Keep America Great' campaign rally at Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, New Jersey, January 28, 2020. US President Donald Trump has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the White House physician said today, March 14.Trump submitted to the test after coming in contact with several members of a Brazilian presidential delegation visiting his Florida resort who have since tested positive for the virus. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

US President Donald Trump won the Florida and Illinois Republican primaries on Tuesday, making him the party's presumptive nominee in the November presidential election.

"Congratulations to Donald J. Trump on officially becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for President!" Republican Party chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted.

The 73-year-old White House incumbent did not face any meaningful competition for the Republican nomination and the Florida and Illinois results were a foregone conclusion.

"Our party is united, our grassroots movement is fired up, and we are ready for FOUR MORE YEARS!" McDaniel said.

Former vice president Joe Biden won the Democratic primaries in Florida and Illinois on Tuesday over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, according to network projections, moving him a step closer to the party nomination and a slot on the ballot against Trump in November.