Donald Trump wins Republican presidential primary in Florida

Democrats cancel their primary, opt to award all 224 delegates to President Joe Biden
Former President Donald Trump wears 'My Vote Counts' sticker after voting in Palm Beach, March 19, 2024
Posted at 8:11 PM, Mar 19, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-20 00:10:00-04

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump easily won the Republican presidential primary in Florida on Tuesday.

The former president cast his ballot at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, just a few miles from his home at Mar-a-Lago.

"I voted for Donald Trump," he told reporters.

With 97 precincts reporting in Florida, Trump had 910,897 votes compared to Nikki Haley's 155,507 votes. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who pulled out of the race in January, was a distant third at 41,269 votes.

Florida Democrats canceled their primary and opted to award all 224 of their delegates to President Joe Biden.

Trump and Biden have for weeks been focused on the general election, aiming their campaigns lately on states that could be competitive in November rather than merely those holding primaries.

Trump on Saturday rallied in Ohio, which has for several years been reliably Republican after once being a national bellwether in presidential elections. Trump won the state by about 8 percentage points in 2016 and 2020. But there are signs the state could be more competitive in 2024. Last year, Ohio voted overwhelmingly to protect abortion rights in its constitution and voted to legalize marijuana.

Biden, meanwhile, was visiting Nevada and Arizona on Tuesday, two states that were among the closest in 2020 and remain top priorities for both campaigns.

Trump and Biden are running on their records in office and casting the other as a threat to America. Trump, 77, portrays the 81-year-old Biden as mentally unfit. The president has described his Republican rival as a threat to democracy after his attempt to overturn the 2020 election results and his praise of foreign strongmen.

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