Trump and Biden Win Primaries, but Voters Express Their Discontent

Date: 2024-04-03T03:30:53.000Z

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Politics|Election Takeaways: Trump and Biden Win Primaries, but Voters Express Their Discontent

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Nikki Haley drew a notable slice of Republican voters in four states, while protest votes against the president over his support for Israel continued.

Hundreds of thousands of voters turned out in New York for the Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday, where President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump won overwhelming victories.

But the impact of an organized protest vote in the state, encouraged as a way for voters to register their disapproval with Mr. Biden’s handling of the war in Gaza, remains unclear and may not be known for days.

While Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump scored yawning leads in New York — as well as in primaries in Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Connecticut — small but significant protest votes in both parties have persisted.

New York does not have an “uncommitted” option, so organizers of an anti-Biden protest vote in the state instead urged voters in the Democratic primary to leave their ballots blank.

Blank ballots have not been reported in the initial, unofficial results of the primary, which showed Mr. Biden with more than 90 percent of tallied votes. A spokeswoman for New York’s Board of Elections said the tally of blank ballots would be public within two weeks.

In the Republican primary, Mr. Trump had above 80 percent of the vote, while Ms. Haley had 13 percent and Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey, scored 4 percent of the vote. He dropped out of the race in January.


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