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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Election Updates: Biden locks up the Democratic nomination, and Trump inches closer.

Election Updates: Biden locks up the Democratic nomination, and Trump inches closer.

Tonight’s Primary Election Results

President Biden clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, securing enough delegates to send him into a looming rematch against former President Donald J. Trump after a mostly uncontested primary campaign that was nevertheless marked by doubts — even from supporters — over his age, foreign policy and enduring strength as a candidate.

Mr. Biden faced little opposition in his march to the nomination. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the political scion and environmental lawyer, dropped out of the Democratic nominating contest to run as an independent. Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota and the self-help guru Marianne Williamson never attracted more than a fraction of the vote.

Updates From Our Reporters

Chris Cameron
March 12, 2024, 8:04 p.m. ET2 hours ago

President Biden and Donald Trump have won their respective primaries in Mississippi, according to The Associated Press. Biden clinched the Democratic nomination with his victory earlier tonight in Georgia, and Trump could do the same on the Republican side later tonight.

Chris Cameron
March 12, 2024, 7:51 p.m. ET2 hours ago

In a statement after securing enough delegates to clinch the 2024 Democratic nomination, President Biden vowed that he would defeat Donald Trump again this November. “Voters now have a choice to make about the future of this country,” he said. “Are we going to stand up and defend our democracy or let others tear it down?”

Chris Cameron
March 12, 2024, 7:13 p.m. ET3 hours ago

Donald Trump has won the Republican primary in Georgia, according to The Associated Press, winning in a state where he is under indictment on 13 charges, including racketeering, in connection with his effort to overturn the 2020 election.

Chris Cameron
March 12, 2024, 7:10 p.m. ET3 hours ago

President Biden has won the Democratic primary in Georgia, according to The Associated Press, a state he narrowly won in the 2020 election.

Ben Weiser
March 12, 2024, 7:08 p.m. ET3 hours ago

A Manhattan federal judge has approved a $91.6 million bond posted by Donald Trump that will prevent E. Jean Carroll from collecting an $83.3 million defamation judgment while he appeals his civil trial loss. The bond – provided by Federal Insurance Company, an arm of the insurance giant Chubb – is higher than the judgment because Trump is also responsible for interest. Lawyers on both sides declined to comment.

Michael Gold
March 12, 2024, 6:12 p.m. ET4 hours ago

Donald Trump, who is currently unopposed in the Republican primary, just got a few delegates closer to securing his party’s nomination, which he could clinch tonight. The Texas Republican Party just announced that it was awarding 11 outstanding delegates to him, which will bring him closer to the 1,215 required. He needs 126 more.

Kellen Browning
March 12, 2024, 4:49 p.m. ET5 hours ago

Representative Ruben Gallego, who is essentially running unopposed in the Democratic primary for Arizona’s tightly contested Senate seat, is up with his first ad of the cycle. The television spot, which the campaign plans to spend about $1 million on this month, emphasizes his military service in Iraq and working-class upbringing.

Carl Hulse
March 12, 2024, 4:17 p.m. ET6 hours ago

The departure of Representative Ken Buck, who announced Tuesday that he would leave his seat at the end of next week, also comes as Congress is facing yet another shutdown deadline — also at the end of next week. But he has been a consistent opponent of spending bills and would not have provided a vote to pass legislation to keep the government open.

Neil Vigdor
March 12, 2024, 3:43 p.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

House Speaker Mike Johnson will headline a fundraiser in Hartford on Saturday for George Logan, who hopes to avenge his 2022 loss to Representative Jahana Hayes, a Democrat who beat him by just over 2,000 votes in Connecticut’s Fifth District. Republicans have targeted Hayes, a former National Teacher of the Year once featured on the cover of Rolling Stone with Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.

Robert Jimison
March 12, 2024, 3:01 p.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

Colorado already has planned elections for primary congressional races for open seats in the Third and Fourth Districts on June 25. That date also falls within the window that state law requires the governor to set a special election date by in the event of a vacated seat — which is now relevant, given Representative Ken Buck’s early departure.

Carl Hulse
March 12, 2024, 2:35 p.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

Representative Ken Buck’s departure next week will reduce the G.O.P.’s House majority to 218-213, meaning Speaker Mike Johnson can afford to lose only two votes and still pass legislation on a strict party-line vote. Special elections later this year will fill some of the vacancies, but those are months away. Any significant legislation is being passed with a combination of Republican and Democratic votes these days.

Neil Vigdor
March 12, 2024, 2:24 p.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

Representative Ken Buck, a Colorado Republican who had previously announced that he would not seek re-election this year and has criticized election deniers in his party, said on Tuesday that he would leave office early and would do so at the end of next week. 

Peter Baker
March 12, 2024, 1:27 p.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

President Biden spent about an hour with the Teamsters. He brought an important validator along with him: Marty Walsh, his former labor secretary who is now executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association. 

Peter Baker
March 12, 2024, 11:15 a.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

President Biden, who is banking on support from organized labor to beat former President Donald J. Trump this fall, is courting the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on Tuesday. He will meet with the influential union’s leadership and some members in Washington behind closed doors in hopes of winning an important endorsement. Trump has previously met with the Teamsters to make his own pitch.

Neil Vigdor
March 12, 2024, 10:28 a.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

Representative Adam Schiff, the front-runner in California’s open-seat Senate race and a manager in Donald Trump’s first impeachment, told MSNBC on Monday night that the former president was trying to buy time in his immunity claim case. “He’s hoping to string this out past the presidential campaign,” he said. 

Michael Gold
March 12, 2024, 10:05 a.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

Donald Trump will appear at a rally in Ohio on Saturday hosted by a PAC backing Bernie Moreno, who Trump is backing in the state’s competitive Senate primary. The Senate race is seen as one of Republicans’ best chances to flip a seat from Democrats in November.

Nicholas Nehamas
March 12, 2024, 9:37 a.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

The White House announced that President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to North Carolina on March 26. The state has become a top target for the Biden campaign, thanks in part to a high-profile governor’s race with a divisive G.O.P. candidate.

Chris Cameron
March 12, 2024, 9:33 a.m. ETMarch 12, 2024

Donald Trump said in a social media post late Monday that he would, if elected, “free” those convicted of crimes for their role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on his first day in office. Trump has previously suggested he would pardon Jan. 6 rioters, including Enrique Tarrio, the former leader of the Proud Boys who was sentenced to 22 years in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy for his role in the attack.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has recently approached the N.F.L. quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura about serving as his running mate on an independent presidential ticket, and both have welcomed the overtures, two people familiar with the discussions said.

Mr. Kennedy confirmed on Tuesday that the two men were at the top of his list. It is not clear if either has been formally offered the post, however, and Mr. Kennedy is still considering a shortlist of potential candidates, the people familiar with the discussions said.

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A bipartisan panel of three judges in North Carolina ruled that a Republican-led effort in the state legislature to restructure state and county election boards is unconstitutional.

Their ruling, which contained no dissent, leaves in place the current makeup of the state election board, which has three Democratic members and two Republican members.

Washington State’s primary voters will offer the next glimpse of how many Democratic voters oppose President Biden’s policy toward Israel’s war in Gaza, though it may be days before a full picture of the results is clear.

The state’s primary on Tuesday comes after noteworthy numbers of Democratic voters in other states chose “uncommitted” in apparent protest of Mr. Biden’s position, including 13 percent in Michigan19 percent in Minnesotaand 29 percent in the little-watched Democratic caucuses in Hawaii, where the antiwar advocacy groups that organized elsewhere did not have a presence.

Days after allies took over the Republican National Committee, Donald J. Trump’s advisers are imposing mass layoffs on the party, with more than 60 officials, including senior staff members, laid off or asked to resign and then reapply for their jobs, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The swift changes amount to a gutting of the party apparatus eight months before the November election, with one person familiar with the operations estimating that the R.N.C. had only about 200 people on payroll at the end of February, and about 120 at its headquarters near Capitol Hill. The heads of the communications, data and political departments were among those let go.

A Republican group dedicated to opposing former President Donald J. Trump is planning to spend $50 million to stop him through a series of homemade testimonial videos of voters who backed him in past elections but say they can no longer support him in 2024.

The group, Republican Voters Against Trump, first emerged in the 2020 campaign and made a return appearance for the 2022 midterm elections. It is run by Sarah Longwell, a leading figure in Never-Trump politics whose focus groups and polling are a staple of center-right podcasts and have made her a go-to figure for political reporters aiming to decipher the motivations behind Trump supporters.

Kansas Republicans are coming under fire for holding a fund-raiser on Friday evening at which attendees physically assaulted an effigy resembling President Biden, according to video footage shared on social media over the weekend.

The event, which took place on Friday in Overland Park, Kan., the state’s second-largest city, was hosted by the Johnson County Republican Party and billed as “A Grand Ol’ Party: Johnson County Road to Red Event.”

Róisín McManus has stuttered her whole life. When she saw the video start to circulate of former President Donald J. Trump at a rally on Saturday imitating President Biden stuttering, she had two competing reactions.

The first was: Of course. Mr. Trump had made fun of Mr. Biden’s stutter before, and a part of Ms. McManus figured he would do it again. But as she watched and rewatched the clip, the other reaction was a painful one.“

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