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Biden and Trump win primaries in New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Connecticut

2024-04-04T14:09:10+00:00
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April 2 primaries (Photo: The Associated Press)
  • The April 2 primaries are over!
  • Biden and Trump both won.
  • People from 4 states came out to cast their votes.

Biden and Trump easily won their primaries on April 2 in New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Connecticut.

These victories earned them more delegates for their party conventions this summer.

Voters in four states voted on the presidential candidates.

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Results of the April 2 primaries are in!

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Tuesday’s primaries were largely symbolic, now that both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have secured the delegates necessary for the Democratic and Republican nominations.

The results, although not surprising, offer clues about the feelings of base voters in the face of a rematch between the two controversial candidates.

Biden has faced opposition from activists who encourage Democrats to vote «uncommitted» in order to send a message about his handling of the war between Israel and Hamas.

Meanwhile, some of Trump’s critics are voting for his Republican rivals who have already dropped out of the race.

Wisconsin doesn’t have a clear political preference

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The “uncommitted” vote in Rhode Island and Connecticut garnered a similar share of the Democratic vote as protest campaigns in Minnesota and Michigan.

In particular, results in Wisconsin — an important state with no clear political preference — will offer clues about the proportion of Republicans who are not yet fully behind Trump.

It will also give us clues about the number of Democrats who are disappointed in Biden, according to The Associated Press.

Trump held campaign rallies Tuesday in Wisconsin and Michigan, another battleground state in the Midwest.

Voters want more options

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“Donald Trump is the first person I can remember who actually tried to keep all of the promises that he made during the campaign,” said Scott Lindemann, a 62-year-old contractor from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

He voted for the former president in the Republican primary, telling The Associated Press, “I was very impressed with that.”

In New York, Steve Wheatley, a registered Republican, said he would like to see more candidates to choose from.

He noted that, given the lack of options, he voted for Nikki Haley even though she has «no shot.»

‘I prefer a Democrat, but there are not many options’

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“We need younger candidates with fresh ideas to run for president,” said Wheatley, 70, a resident of Athens, a small town in the Hudson River Valley.

“I prefer a Democrat but our choices are thin. Look at what Biden has done so far with the economy,” he added.

President Biden and Donald Trump have already all but clinched the presidential nominations of their respective parties.

Trump, 77, has won 1,686 delegates to the Republican National Convention in primaries and caucuses.

Trump and Biden are the defacto candidates

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That number exceeds the 1,215 delegates needed to win the nomination, from which the seven Republican competitors have already withdrawn.

Likewise, President Biden, 81, has already surpassed the count of 1,968 delegates he needed for the Democratic National Convention.

Biden has obtained 2,610 delegates in a race from which three other Democratic opponents have already dropped out.

The vote in New York will award 268 Democratic and 91 Republican delegates, while Rhode Island will give 26 and 19, and Wisconsin 82 and 41, respectively.

Results of the April 2 primaries

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In the primaries on Tuesday, April 2 in Connecticut, 60 Democratic and 28 Republican delegates were at stake.

In Delaware, where 16 Republican delegates are up for grabs, the party’s primary was canceled after former South Carolina governor and Trump’s latest challenger, Nikki Haley, withdrew from the race.

On the Democratic side in Delaware there were 19 delegates at stake, but the primary was suspended and all of them went to Biden, since he is also now the only candidate.

Voters in Connecticut and Rhode Island had the option to vote “uncommitted” if they wished to submit a protest vote against Biden or Trump.

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