Donald Trump wins Florida Republican primary

by | Mar 20, 2024

Former President Donald Trump won Florida’s presidential primary in swift fashion, claiming all 125 delegates as he prepares for a November electoral battle against President Joe Biden.

Former President Donald Trump solidified his grip on the Republican Party’s base with a victory in Florida’s presidential primary, securing all 125 delegates and setting the stage for a November showdown against President Joe Biden.

Trump’s victory, which the Associated Press called immediately after polls closed, saw him capturing 81 percent of the votes in a state that boasts the third-largest delegate haul in the nation. His closest competitors, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, garnered 13.9 percent and 3.7 percent of the votes, respectively.

The win in Florida, Trump’s adopted home state, was anticipated following the withdrawal of his main challengers earlier in the year. The primary was marked by a low voter turnout, approximately 20 percent, mirroring the lowest participation rate since 2004.

“The Florida GOP was proud to officially endorse President Trump earlier this year and tonight’s results underline what we already know: Florida Republicans are united and ready to send Joe Biden back to his basement in Delaware this November,” said Republican Party of Florida Chairman Evan Power. “I want to congratulate President Trump on his overwhelming victory tonight.”

Trump’s performance in Florida adds to his victories in other primaries held last night, including Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, and Arizona. The Florida Democratic Party opted out of a presidential primary this year, aligning behind Biden and foregoing the contest altogether.

A poll conducted by St. Pete Polls this month and first reported on by The Florida Phoenix found that Trump leads Biden by 6 points, 48 percent to 42 percent, among likely Florida voters. The survey, involving nearly 2,000 participants, shows a tight race among independent voters, with Trump at 41.3 percent and Biden at 40.9 percent. Trump’s lead is more pronounced among young voters (18-29 years) and Hispanic voters, with margins of 18 percent and 17 percent respectively.


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