Mar 5, 2024 - News

Trump wins Utah's GOP presidential caucuses

Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Table: Axios Visuals

Former President Donald Trump won Utah's Republican presidential caucuses, per AP projections.

By the numbers: Trump took about 58% of the vote, while former UN ambassador Nikki Haley received nearly 41%, according to the preliminary results.

The other side: President Joe Biden easily won Utah's Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, with 88% of the vote, per AP.

Context: Unlike Democrats, the Utah GOP opted to hold a presidential preference poll at caucus meetings across the state for Super Tuesday.

The big picture: Former President Trump and Biden dominated other Super Tuesday states, marching toward their parties' respective nominations, Axios' Erin Doherty and Sophia Cai report.

State of play: Haley made a campaign stop in Utah last week, warning voters that Republicans would lose in November if Trump becomes the GOP nominee for president.

  • Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and first lady Abby Cox endorsed the former South Carolina governor in January.
  • Dozens of state lawmakers, including House Speaker Mike Schultz, released a letter backing Trump days before Haley's visit.

Flashback: GOP voters previously demonstrated lukewarm support for Trump in Utah, a deeply religious state where many residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • During Utah's GOP primary in 2016, Trump came in third, receiving about 14% of the vote, after U.S. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
  • Trump collected 45.5% of votes in Utah on Election Day that year — the lowest share of any other red state.
  • He took 58% of the vote statewide during the 2020 presidential election.

Go deeper: Joe Biden leads Utah campaign donations

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