May 22, 2024 7:47 pm

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Biden, Trump win Washington State Presidential Primary, now presumptive nominee

OLYMPIA—With 25.81% of the vote in, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump (R), and current President, Joe Biden (D), have not only won their respective party’s Presidential Primary in Washington state, but have now clinched enough delegates to be their Party’s official presumptive nominee.

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The presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee, Donald J Trump. SOURCE: Donald J Trump Truth Social account.

With its 43 delegates, Republican voters in Washington state, delivered Trump the coveted title of presumptive presidential nominee, crossing the threshold of at least 1215 with 1,228 delegates. Earlier in the evening, Biden secured the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee title with his win in Georgia.

The presumptive 2024 Republican Presidential nominee, Donald J Trump, released the following statement on Truth Social regarding his monumental victory:

“It is my great honor to be representing the Republican Party as its Presidential Nominee. Our Party is UNITED and STRONG, and fully understands that we are running against the Worst, Most Incompetent, Corrupt, and Destructive President in the History of the United States. Millions of people are invading our Country, many from prisons and mental institutions of other Countries. High Interest Rates and Inflation are choking our great middle class, and ALL, our Economy is bad, and our Stock Market is rising only because Polls are strongly indicating that we will WIN the Presidential Election of 2024. We are now, under Crooked Joe Biden, a Third World Nation, which uses the Injustice System to go after his political opponent, ME! But fear not, we will not fail, we will take back our once great Country, put AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN – GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE. November 5th will go down as the most important day in the history of our Country! GOD BLESS AMERICA.”

The Secretary of State’s Office has Trump with 73.79% of the Republican vote with Nikki Haley second with 21.6%, Ron DeSantis 2.17%, Chris Christie 1.06%, and Vivek Ramaswamy 0.86%. Haley, the last holdout, suspended her campaign on March 6 and has yet to endorse the former president.

Former Washington State Senator Don Benton, Chair of the Donald J Trump for President Campaign for the Northwest, shared that “America can’t wait” for another Trump Presidency.

“The Trump team has been working hard in Washington state for months and it has paid off with a huge win,” Benton told the Lynnwood Times. “Donald J Trump is the first President in my lifetime to keep every campaign promise he made!! It’s no wonder he got such high numbers! I’m very proud to work for him again in this election. He will be our next President and most all of America can’t wait!”

Biden won with 85.68% of the vote, Representative Dean Phillips (MN-03) coming in second with 3.04%, and political activist Marianne Williamson 2.65%.

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The presumptive 2024 Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden. SOURCE: Joe Biden Facebook campaign account.

“Thank you to every voter who participated in the Presidential Primary process,” Washington State Democratic Party Chair, Shasti Conrad, released in a statement on Biden’s victory. “Tonight’s result demonstrates the overwhelming support in our state for President Biden and Vice President Harris’ vision for America. An America where we lift each other up, defend our hard won civil rights, and commit ourselves to a Democratic future that respects the rule of law.

“President Biden has already garnered more than 100,000 votes over Donald Trump in Washington state and we expect that lead to only grow over the coming weeks. President Biden’s State of the Union laid out what’s at stake in this election. This is a battle for the soul of our nation, and we are full steam ahead towards November and Democratic victories up and down the ballot.”

Trump performed best in Ferry County with 86.6% of the Republican vote, whereas his Democratic challenger, Biden, received the most support in Island County with 89.65% of the Democratic votes.

The head-to-head rematch between the two strong-willed presidents, will pit policy against policy. American’s will choose which direction to take, an America First path under Trump or Biden’s “Let’s finish the job” vision.

The Republican Party 2024 Presidential Nomination Process

The WSRP is holding its 2024 Washington State Republican Convention in Spokane between April 18 and 20 to select the 43 delegates for the 2024 National Convention who will officially nominate the 2024 Republican presidential candidate. In Milwaukee from July 15 to 18.

The winner of the 2024 Presidential Primary on March 12 is the preferred nominee, and the delegates are bound to cast their votes for this candidate. However, if no Republican Presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention receives a least 1,215 delegates in the first round of voting, then delegates are no longer required to vote for the winner of the Washington State 2024 Presidential Primary.

Below are key dates for Republicans leading to the 2024 General Election:

  • 2024 Presidential Primary Election – March 12, 2024 (U.S. President only)
  • 2024 Republican State Convention – April 18-20, 2024
  • Republican National Convention – July 15-18, 2024
  • WA State Primary Election – August 6, 2024 (Local, state, and federal races other than U.S. President)
  • WA State General Election – November 5, 2024 (Presidential, Local, state, and federal races)

The Democratic Party 2024 Presidential Nomination Process

Washington State Democratic Party will use a proportional representation system based on the results of the 2024 Presidential Primary on March 12 for apportioning delegates to the 2024 Democratic National Convention. The State presidential primary election is a “binding” primary. These delegates, along with superdelegates who come from the Party’s leadership, vote at the convention to select the nominee.

If a Democratic Presidential candidate at the national convention does not receive at least 1,895 pledged delegates on the first round of voting, superdelegates are then able to vote until a candidate receives at least 2,258 votes.

The 2024 Democratic National Convention will be held between August 19 to 22, in Chicago. Washington’s national delegates will join Democrats from across the nation to hear from Party leaders, interact with other delegates, and formally nominate the Democratic Party’s 2024 candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.

Participation in WA Democrats delegate selection process is open to all registered voters eligible to vote by November 5, 2024, who wish to participate as Democrats. WA Democrats will have 111 voting delegates and 8 alternates at the national convention, along with 12 standing committee members and 4 convention pages. The Party’s Delegate Selection Plan specifies how and when each delegate will be elected—specifically Sections III and IV. To become a state or national delegate, click here.

The WA Democrats Delegation of 111 members who will be eligible to vote at the 2024 Democratic National Convention include:

  • 60 elected delegates from the state’s ten congressional districts
  • 20 elected at-large delegates
  • 12 elected “party leader and elected official” delegates
  • 19 automatic delegates

In addition to the 111-member delegation are 8 at-large elected alternates to attend the 2024 National Convention.

Congressional district-level delegates will be elected by the Legislative District-level delegates to the Washington State Democratic Convention. The Legislative District caucuses shall be held on Saturday, April 6, commencing at 10:00 a.m. The time of the Legislative District caucuses shall be announced no later than Friday, March 22, 2024.

Legislative District caucuses will have all delegate candidates divided first into Congressional District sub-allocations based on the portion of the Legislative District within that Congressional District and secondly divided by singular presidential preference.

Below are key dates for Democrats leading to the 2024 General Election:

  • State Level Pledged Delegates nomination period open – January 28 to March 31
  • 2024 Presidential Primary Election – March 12, 2024 (U.S. President only)
  • State Level Delegates elected – April 6, 2024
  • Deadline to declare for National Delegate – May 12, 2024
  • National Delegates elected by Congressional District – May 17, 2024
  • Deadline for PLEO/At-large National Delegate – June 2, 2024
  • Remainder of Delegation chosen via virtual ballot – June 9, 2024
  • 2024 Democratic Washington State Convention – June 21 to 23
  • WA State Primary Election – August 6, 2024 (Local, state, and federal races other than U.S. President)
  • Democratic National Convention – August 19 to 22
  • WA State General Election – November 5, 2024 (Presidential, Local, state, and federal races)

Real Clear Politics 2024 Presidential Polling Data

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According to the latest Real Clear Politics aggregate 2024 presidential polling data from several pollsters as of March 12, the 45th President of the United States President Donald J Trump is leading Joe Biden by 1.7 points. In a head-to-head rematch, Trump leads with 47.4% to Biden’s with 45.7%.

When other presidential candidates enter the picture—Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Cornel West, and Jill Stein—Trump increases his lead to 2.9%, with 41.3% to Biden’s 38.4%.

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SOURCE: Real Clear Politics.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Article updated 10:19 p.m., March 12, 2024, with statements from Don Benton and Shasti Conrad.

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