Biden Suffers Devastating Primary-Season Loss

By Robert Cunningham, updated on March 6, 2024

A surprising upset rocks the democratic primary landscape.

President Joe Biden suffered an unexpected loss in the American Samoa Democratic primary to entrepreneur Jason Palmer, who secured four delegates with a margin of just 11 votes.

The results from American Samoa, alongside a significant number of "uncommitted" votes in several states during Super Tuesday, raise questions about the strength of Biden's support within his own party.

Palmer, a relatively unknown candidate who has qualified for the ballot in 16 states and territories, managed to capture the attention of American Samoans through multiple virtual town halls. His campaign website crashed shortly after his victory, likely due to a surge in interest following the unexpected win.

Biden's performance in American Samoa was not particularly strong in 2020 either, with Michael Bloomberg securing the territory's delegates that year. The loss to Palmer and the high percentages of "uncommitted" votes, ranging from 3.9% in Iowa to 19% in Minnesota, suggest apathy or dissatisfaction with Biden among some Democratic voters.

Progressives and Muslim Voters Express Dissatisfaction Through "Uncommitted" Votes

The "uncommitted" votes were notably high in states with significant Muslim and progressive populations, potentially indicating their dissatisfaction with Biden's stance on issues such as Israel and Hamas. This development underscores the challenges Biden may face in consolidating support from the more liberal wing of his party.

In a recent interview, Palmer emphasized the significance of the uncommitted votes and his triumph in American Samoa, pointing out that these results convey a strong message to the Biden campaign.

He highlighted an underlying call for change and the necessity to heed the issues of the progressive and minority factions within the Democratic Party. Palmer underscored that the President must acknowledge these indicators and strive to mend the divisions in his base of support.

While Biden and his rival, former President Donald Trump, remain the near-certain nominees for their respective parties post-Super Tuesday, the cracks in Biden's support cannot be ignored.

Biden's Campaign Faces Challenges in Consolidating Party Support

The loss in American Samoa and the "uncommitted" votes serve as a wake-up call for the Biden campaign. They highlight the need to engage with and address the concerns of various factions within the Democratic Party. As the general election approaches, Biden must work to shore up his support and present a united front against the forthcoming attacks from the Trump campaign.

Palmer's victory, while surprising, is unlikely to pose a serious threat to Biden's nomination. However, it does underscore the importance of engaging with lesser-known candidates and addressing the issues that matter to voters across all states and territories.

The Road Ahead: Lessons Learned and Strategies for Success

As the primary season progresses, the Biden campaign must reflect on the lessons learned from the American Samoa loss and the "uncommitted" votes. Engaging with progressive and minority voters, addressing their concerns, and presenting a cohesive vision for the future will be crucial in securing a strong showing in the general election.

The unexpected results from American Samoa and the "uncommitted" votes on Super Tuesday remind us that no candidate, even an incumbent president, can take their support for granted. Biden must now focus on unifying his party, addressing the concerns of dissatisfied voters, and presenting a compelling case for his re-election to the American people.

In conclusion, while President Biden's loss in American Samoa and the "uncommitted" votes on Super Tuesday may not derail his nomination, they expose potential vulnerabilities in his support within the Democratic Party.

As the campaign moves forward, Biden must work to address these issues, engage with voters across the political spectrum, and present a strong, united front against the challenges that lie ahead. The road to re-election is rarely smooth, but by learning from these setbacks and adapting his strategy accordingly, Biden can position himself for success in the general election.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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