Mar 5, 2024 - Politics

Biden overcomes late protest vote to win Colorado's Democratic primary

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

President Biden easily overcame a last-minute protest campaign to win the Democratic primary Tuesday in Colorado.

The big picture: Biden led with 84% of the vote, according to preliminary results, and the Associated Press declared him the winner four minutes after polls closed at 7pm.

The intrigue: A hastily organized campaign to vote "noncommitted" in protest for Biden's support for Israel only netted about 7%.

  • Led by the Colorado Palestine Coalition and local Democratic Socialists of America, the effort came together late Wednesday with far less organization than a similar campaign in Michigan.

What they're saying: Boulder resident Susan Flake, a registered Democrat, told the Denver Gazette she voted for Biden.

  • "I'm not wild about the choices, Biden included, but I just don't want Trump," she said. "I just had to not vote for Trump. Anyone but him."

Zoom out: Biden dominated Super Tuesday with wins in most of the states who held primary contests.

What to watch: The primary vote apportions delegates to the Democratic National Convention, but how many Biden will take from the 87 available in Colorado won't be finalized until later this week.

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