Biden, Trump Win 4 More Primaries

Turnout was low in Connecticut, NY, RI, and Wisconsin
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2024 6:25 PM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2024 11:26 PM CDT
4 States Hold Primaries
Voters in the state's presidential primary election register their votes at UW-Madison's Memorial Union in Madison, Wisconsin, Tuesday, April 2, 2024.   (AP Photo/John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal)

Four states held presidential primary elections Tuesday but since President Biden and former President Trump have already locked up their parties' nominations, turnout was low in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Polls closed at 8pm Eastern in Connecticut and Rhode Island and at 9pm Eastern in New York and Wisconsin.

  • The AP called the Connecticut and Rhode Island races minutes after polls closed, with Biden and Trump winning both states. An hour later, the New York and Wisconsin races were also called for Biden and Trump.
  • With more than 85% of the vote in, Biden had almost 81% of the vote in Rhode Island, with Uncommitted at 16.6%, according to DecisionDeskHQ. Trump was at almost 86%, with Nikki Haley, who dropped out of the race early last month, at just over 10%.
  • In early results, Trump was at around 78% in Connecticut, with Haley at nearly 14%, per NBC News. Biden was at 85%, with Uncommitted at 11.3%.
  • With more than 80% of the vote in, Trump had nearly 82% of the vote in New York with Haley at 13%, and Biden had 91.5% (with Marianne Williamson nabbing nearly 5% and Dean Phillips 3.6%).
  • With more than 90% of the vote in, Biden had 88.2% of the vote in Wisconsin, with 8.5% going to "uninstructed" (see below). Trump had 79% and Haley nearly 13%.

  • While Biden and Trump are expected to win all four primaries easily, adding hundreds of delegates to their counts, some voters are expected to express discontent, the Guardian reports. Connecticut and Rhode Island have an "uncommitted" option and Wisconsin has an "uninstructed delegation" option. Democratic voters in other states have chosen "uncommitted" to protest Biden's handling of the war in Gaza.
  • As a battleground state, Wisconsin's results will be closely watched to see the share of Republican voters that don't support Trump and the share of Democratic voters that aren't keen on Biden, reports the Washington Post. Wisconsin is also voting on two Republican-backed ballot measures dealing with how elections are handled in the state.
  • In Rhode Island, only 4% of eligible voters had voted by 5pm, a figure that includes early votes, the AP reports. Numbers were also very low in Connecticut, which held early voting for the first time in its history.
This story has been updated with primary results. (More Election 2024 stories.)

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