Mar 5, 2024 - News

Trump, Biden easily win Tennessee primary votes

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

Former President Trump remains a dominant force in Tennessee politics.

  • Republican voters in the Volunteer State once again picked Trump to be the party's presidential nominee by a commanding margin, according to early vote totals.
  • He came in well ahead of his only remaining challenger, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. The Associated Press called the race soon after polls closed statewide.
  • Haley will announce Wednesday that she is suspending her presidential bid, a top Haley source told Axios.

Why it matters: Trump, who was already the favorite to secure the nomination, further cemented his frontrunner status as Tennessee and several other states went to the polls on Super Tuesday.

The other side: Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly backed President Biden, who ran unopposed in Tennessee. The AP also called that race quickly.

  • A small portion of Democratic voters in Tennessee selected "uncommitted" on their ballots, according to the early results.
  • Voting "uncommitted" has emerged as an option for Democratic voters who oppose the Biden administration's support for Israel's government in its war with Hamas.

The big picture: Neither outcome was unexpected.

  • The results point toward a presidential rematch in November.

Flashback: Trump and Biden both won their parties' primaries in Tennessee in 2020. Trump also prevailed in the state's 2016 Republican primary.

Go deeper: The Axios politics team has in-depth analysis of the Super Tuesday results.

See Tennessee's results

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