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Super Tuesday 2024: Utahns in long lines, Trump wins big, Biden loses American Samoa

Mar 5, 2024, 3:24 PM | Updated: Mar 6, 2024, 9:04 am

People check in to caucus at Brighton High School on Tuesday, March 5....

People check in to caucus at Brighton High School on Tuesday, March 5. (Daniel Woodruff, KSL TV)

(Daniel Woodruff, KSL TV)

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(AP) Nikki Haley suspends her campaign
STEVE PEOPLES and MEG KINNARD Associated Press
 
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley has suspended her presidential campaign. Haley did not endorse former President Donald Trump on Wednesday and called on him to bring people into the conservative cause. The decision by the former South Carolina governor and former U.N. ambassador leaves Trump as the last remaining major candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination. Haley was Trump’s first GOP challenger and the only woman in the race. Haley argued she was a fresh alternative to Trump and said it was time to move past his “chaos.” Haley’s candidacy was slow to attract support. But Haley outlasted other high-profile candidates, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.

4:32 a.m. MDT Mar 6, 2024

(AP) Nikki Haley will suspend her campaign and leaves Donald Trump as the last major Republican candidate

STEVE PEOPLES and MEG KINNARD AP National Political Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley will suspend her presidential campaign. That’s according to three people with direct knowledge of her decision. The decision by the former South Carolina governor and U.N. ambassador Wednesday will leave Donald Trump as the last remaining major candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination.

Haley is not planning to endorse Trump in her Wednesday announcement. Haley was Trump’s first GOP challenger and the only woman in the race. Haley argued she was a fresh alternative to Trump and said it was time to move past his “chaos.” Haley’s candidacy was slow to attract support. But Haley outlasted other high-profile candidates, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.

8:40 p.m. MDT

One Utahn’s experience at her Republican Caucus

SALT LAKE CITY — Kerry Butler of South Jordan participated in the Republican caucus at Bingham High School on Tuesday.

“It was pretty chaotic,” she told KSL NewsRadio.

One of the problems according to Butler was an email that she and others didn’t get from the Utah GOP.

“Apparently that was the experience of a lot of folks,” she said. “You were supposed to get an email with a QR code to be able to check in.”

Butler reported that tensions were high, so much so that others were screaming at teenage volunteers because they couldn’t register.

After about an hour of waiting in line, Butler said she was able to get onto the Utah GOP website and register. But at that point, she got a message from the website telling her she wasn’t a registered Republican.

“Which was directly contradictory to my voter registration, which I just had to look up to get onto the website in the first place.”

Butler said that she was willing to stay, and did stay. But she saw what she described as “a lot of other people” leaving.

She said that the Utah GOP representatives finally started letting caucus-goers register with their driver’s licenses. 

Butler said the experience was reminiscent of the 2016 caucuses, when, as she put it, “the tech just wasn’t there.”

Her biggest concern is how the experience might impact the outcome.

“There are people who are not really that dedicated to being at a caucus in the first place, and then for it to be problematic, and leave. 

8:37 p.m. MDT

AP EXPLAINS: Why AP declared Biden the winner of Utah’s Democratic presidential primary

WASHINGTON — The AP was able to determine Biden would pick up his 14th win of the night in Utah after initial returns — including a sizable report from the largest county in the state — indicated he had opened a sizable lead.

Polls closed for Democrats at 10 p.m. EST. Three minutes later, Salt Lake County — which is home to around 60% of the state’s expected Democratic electorate — released the results of more than 30,000 votes.

Biden had more than 40 times as many votes as his next-closest competitor. He had similar leads in the other counties that had released results at the time AP called the race at 10:05 p.m.

While Democrats in Utah held a primary, Republicans will select their presidential nominee via caucuses.

8:12 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press has called the Utah Democratic Primary for President Joe Biden. 

 

7:59 p.m. MDT

Biden loses in American Samoa, a U.S. territory in the South Pacific
CHRIS MEGERIAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Jason Palmer defeated President Joe Biden in American Samoa, a tiny U.S. territory in the South Pacific. According to the local Democratic Party, Palmer won 51 votes and Biden won 40.

There were only six delegates up for grabs there in a contest that requires nearly 2,000, but it’s still a notable setback for an incumbent president. Palmer is a Baltimore-based investor.

This isn’t the first time that American Samoa has turned up surprising results in a primary. During the 2020 Democratic race, it was the only contest won by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor.

7:18 p.m. MDT

Here’s where Super Tuesday voting stands

WASHINGTON — The biggest night of the primary campaign is half over. So far, there haven’t been any surprises.

President Joe Biden has easily carried all the Democratic contests, winning Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Vermont.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump clinched Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Full results will take at least a few more hours. Voting in Alaska doesn’t end until 12 a.m. EST.

7:15 p.m. MDT

KSL NewsRadio digital content producer Derrick Jones is at Bingham High with reporter Aimee Cobabe and reports a very busy building!

Caucus room at Bingham High (Derrick Jones, KSL NewsRadio)

6:47 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — KSL TV reporter Daniel Woodruff reports very long lines at some caucus locations. In some cases, people are streaming to the door or out the doors at Brighton, Herriman, and Olympus high schools.

Woodruff also reports complaints about the long lines, and too few people at the check-in desk.

6:41 p.m. MDT

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — North Carolina’s race for governor will have clear contrasts

WASHINGTON — Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein and Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson will compete to succeed the term-limited Gov. Roy Cooper after the two won their respective party’s primary Tuesday. Their general election campaigns will show clear contrasts.

Stein would be the state’s first Jewish governor. The Harvard University-educated lawyer has an established focus on consumer rights.

Robinson is a former factory worker. As a city council member, he gave a viral speech in 2018 that catapulted him into public recognition and earned him an endorsement from former President Donald Trump. Already North Carolina’s first Black lieutenant governor, Robinson would also be the state’s first Black governor.

6:39 p.m. MDT

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has called Virginia, North Carolina, Maine, Oklahoma and Tennessee for Trump.

6:12 p.m. MDT

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has called Iowa, North Carolina, Vermont and Virginia for Biden. There are 12 additional states in Super Tuesday.

5:45 p.m. MDT

Here’s our interview with Derek Brown on what Utah Republicans can expect at their caucuses tonight.

5:28 p.m. MDT

ABC News projects that President Joe Biden will win the Virginia Democratic primary.

Did you get a push from us? Here’s the podcast of our 5:15 interview with ABC News correspondent Brian Clark, who checked in with KSL NewsRadio on the largest day ahead of the general election contest in November.

 

 

4:28 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press has called Iowa’s Democratic presidential nominating contest for President Biden.

 

 

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Super Tuesday 2024: Utahns in long lines, Trump wins big, Biden loses American Samoa