Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Neofascist Donald Trump (left) and President Joe Biden (right) are the presumptive Republican and Democratic presidential nominees for 2024 (Photos by Gage Skidmore, reproduced under a Creative Commons license)

Joe Biden and Don­ald Trump have pre­vailed in Wash­ing­ton’s 2024 pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry, bring­ing the allo­ca­tion phase of the Ever­green State’s major par­ty cau­cus and con­ven­tion cycles to an anti­cli­mac­tic conclusion.

With 1,254,074 total bal­lots count­ed so far, the two pre­sump­tive nom­i­nees — our incum­bent pres­i­dent and his neo­fas­cist pre­de­ces­sor — have each cruised to vic­to­ry, van­quish­ing their with­drawn oppo­nents with­out any difficulty.

Biden had 85.68% of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic vote as of press time, with Dean Phillips and Mar­i­anne Williamson in the sin­gle dig­its, at 3.04% and 2.65%, respec­tive­ly. “Uncom­mit­ted del­e­gates” had the sup­port of 7.44% of Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers, well short of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty’s fif­teen per­cent via­bil­i­ty thresh­old, mak­ing it unlike­ly that Wash­ing­ton will send any uncom­mit­ted del­e­gates to the 2024 Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion, as is the case in Michi­gan.

Don­ald Trump had 73.79% of the Repub­li­can vote, dwarf­ing Nik­ki Haley, who had 21.6% as of Elec­tion Night. Ron DeSan­tis received 2.17%, Chris Christie 1.06%, and Vivek Ramaswamy received 0.86%. These results are in line with what NPI’s polling sug­gest­ed could hap­pen. Last month, in a sur­vey of Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry vot­ers con­duct­ed for NPI by Civiqs, we found Trump polling in the sev­en­ties, with his rivals all in the sin­gle dig­its.

As we sus­pect­ed she might, Haley is out­per­form­ing the poll, in which she only mus­tered 8%. Haley appears to have reeled in unde­cid­ed vot­ers and also received the sup­port of some folks who were orig­i­nal­ly for Ron DeSan­tis. But, sad­ly for Amer­i­can democ­ra­cy and the future of the par­ty, Trump is still defeat­ing her by a more than 3‑to‑1 mar­gin. Even here in the Ever­green State, where pro­gres­sive Repub­li­cans like Dan Evans and John Spell­man once gov­erned, Repub­li­can vot­ers are com­mit­ted to Trump — an insur­rec­tion­ist and sex­u­al predator.

Though Repub­li­cans were once elec­toral­ly dom­i­nant in Wash­ing­ton, the state has not vot­ed for a Repub­li­can for Pres­i­dent since 1984. Repub­li­cans haven’t won a U.S. Sen­ate race since 1994 or a guber­na­to­r­i­al race since 1980, either.

Democ­rats present­ly hold every posi­tion in the state’s exec­u­tive depart­ment and hope to con­tin­ue their win­ning streak in the com­ing pres­i­den­tial election.

“Thank you to every vot­er who par­tic­i­pat­ed in the pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry process,” said Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty Chair Shasti Conrad.

“Tonight’s result demon­strates the over­whelm­ing sup­port in our state for Pres­i­dent Biden and Vice Pres­i­dent Har­ris’ vision for Amer­i­ca. An Amer­i­ca where we lift each oth­er up, defend our hard won civ­il rights, and com­mit our­selves to a Demo­c­ra­t­ic future that respects the rule of law.”

“Pres­i­dent Biden has already gar­nered more than 100,000 votes over Don­ald Trump in Wash­ing­ton state and we expect that lead to only grow over the com­ing weeks. Pres­i­dent Biden’s State of the Union laid out what’s at stake in this elec­tion. This is a bat­tle for the soul of our nation and we are full steam ahead towards Novem­ber and Demo­c­ra­t­ic vic­to­ries up and down the ballot.”

Don­ald Trump ordi­nar­i­ly takes lit­tle notice of Wash­ing­ton State. But tonight he is, because thanks to the loy­al­ty of Repub­li­can vot­ers here, he has clinched the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. “It is my great hon­or to be rep­re­sent­ing the Repub­li­can Par­ty as its Pres­i­den­tial Nom­i­nee,” Trump said. He then hurled sev­er­al sen­tences of invec­tive at Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, who he despises.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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