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Trump delivers dominant performance in latest primary races

Former President of the United States Donald Trump at the "Rally to Protect Our Elections" hosted by Turning Point Action at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., July 24, 2022. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
April 03, 2024

Former President Donald Trump won four more Republican primary races on Tuesday and earned delegates in a fifth state. While Trump already surpassed the number of delegates required to secure the Republican Party’s nomination for president, he added to his delegate total by winning the New York, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Rhode Island primaries and securing all of the delegates in Delaware.

According to The Associated Press, with roughly 93% of Tuesday’s vote counted in New York, Trump secured 91 delegates after receiving 82.1% of the vote. With 96% of the vote counted in Connecticut, the former president received 22 delegates after securing 77.9% of the vote. In Wisconsin, Trump gained 41 delegates and the support of 79.2% of Tuesday’s voters, with 99% of the vote reported. Finally, in Rhode Island, with 98% of the vote reported, the former president earned 15 additional delegates after securing 84.4% of the vote.

According to ABC News, the Delaware Department of Elections canceled the state’s Republican presidential primary election since Trump already secured the GOP nomination and the primary election would have been uncontested. While the state did not hold a primary election contest on Tuesday, the state’s 16 delegates were awarded to Trump.

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President Joe Biden also won the Democratic primary races in New York, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. ABC News reported that the Democratic primary election in Delaware was not scheduled and all 19 Democratic delegates were awarded to Biden since no other candidate had filed to be on the ballot in the state.

According to The Associated Press, Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic presidential primary elections were slower than some of the previous primary elections this year since both Trump and Biden have already secured enough delegates to be their party’s nominee ahead of the November presidential election. The outlet reported that only 4% of eligible voters had voted by 5 p.m. in Rhode Island, while Connecticut Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas told The Associated Press that only 1% or 2% of voters in some communities had voted by 11 a.m.

“What we have been hearing on the ground from people over the last few weeks is that this isn’t a competitive primary,” Thomas said.