March 6, 2024

Biden to Lose Caucus in American Samoa to Entrepreneur Jason Palmer

President Joe Biden faced an unexpected setback in the Democratic caucuses of American Samoa, yielding to an obscure candidate in a surprising turn of events amidst his string of victories on Super Tuesday.

Decision Desk HQ (DDHQ) declared the outcome Tuesday evening, a result later confirmed by the Democratic Party of American Samoa.

Entrepreneur Jason Palmer, running a long-shot campaign against the incumbent, emerged victorious in the U.S. territory’s Democratic race.

Palmer's candidacy, while relatively unknown, gained traction in American Samoa, with reports indicating his presence on the presidential ballot in only 16 states and territories. Palmer actively campaigned within the territory, contributing to his win.

Although American Samoa lacks electoral votes in the general election, it carries significance in the Democratic nomination process, sending 11 delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Both Palmer and Biden secured three delegates each from the territory.

This outcome contrasts with the 2020 Super Tuesday contest in American Samoa, where Democrat Michael Bloomberg secured victory while Biden received single-digit support.

"Democrat Michael Bloomberg came out on top in the party’s 2020 Super Tuesday contest in American Samoa, while then-candidate Biden got single-digit support," the Hill reported.

"American Samoa held its party contest on Super Tuesday, along with more than a dozen states — and hundreds of delegates are on each party’s table in the March 5 primaries and caucuses. The contests are set to give boosts to both Biden and former President Trump, the GOP front-runner, as they fight to lock in their respective party nods," it added.

American Samoa's participation in Super Tuesday, alongside more than a dozen states, underscores the pivotal role of the March 5 primaries and caucuses, offering substantial delegate allocations.

These contests provide opportunities for both Biden and former President Trump, the GOP frontrunner, to solidify their respective party nominations.

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