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American Samoa splits delegates in the Democratic caucuses between Biden and Jason Palmer

Biden and Trump win the most Super Tuesday contests


Biden and Trump win the most Super Tuesday contests

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Washington — Jason Palmer, an entrepreneur with virtually no name recognition, won half of the delegates in the American Samoa caucuses, while the other half went to President Biden, the party announced Wednesday.

Of the 91 ballots cast, Palmer received 51 and Mr. Biden received 40, the Democratic Party of American Samoa said. Each ultimately received three delegates.

The Democratic Party of American Samoa sent the results on Wednesday, correcting the results they sent the night before. That was a ‘mistake’, the party said. According to the initial, incorrect results, Palmer had four delegates and Biden had two, the party said.

The split, surprising results came amid a series of victories for Mr. Biden on Super Tuesdayas he and former President Donald Trump all but cement their status as party nominees heading into November’s general election.

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Palmer, 52, has presented himself as a candidate who can offer voters a “new perspective.”

The coastline of Vaiava Natural National Monument can be seen in Vatia Bay, Tutuila Island, American Samoa.
The coastline of Vaiava Natural National Monument can be seen in Vatia Bay, Tutuila Island, American Samoa.

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“America needs an upgrade,” Palmer said in a video announcing his bid for the White House in November. “I am entering the 2024 presidential race because I believe we can do better for you and future generations.”

American Samoa has a history of breaking through: Michael Bloomberg won the territory’s caucuses in 2020, with a strong campaign presence in the territory. It was his only victory of the election cycle.

Mr. Biden won all other Democratic races on Super Tuesday, and Rep. Dean Phillips, who had challenged him for the nomination, fell out of the race on Wednesday.

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