Election night results: Biden and Trump sweep five states and congressional showdowns set in three – Washington Examiner

Voters in six states headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in a slew of races up and down the ballot.

Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio cast their votes in both the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries, while Florida only held a GOP primary after the Democratic one was canceled.

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump surpassed the delegate thresholds to become their parties’ presumptive nominees on March 12 and were not blocked from victory in any of Tuesday’s primary contests.


Most of the night’s excitement came from races down the ballot, as several Senate and House primary races took place that will shape the playing field come November as both parties try to wrestle control of both chambers. California’s special election to replace former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is one to watch as Republican Assemblyman Vince Fong heads to a runoff election to fill McCarthy’s seat for the remainder of his term.



The Buckeye State held both its Republican and Democratic primary elections. Biden won his primary with 87.1% support with 97% of votes counted. The Associated Press called the race seven minutes after polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Trump won Ohio’s Republican primary with 79% support with 95% of votes counted, with the Associated Press calling the race 14 minutes after the polls closed. Ohio, once considered a swing state, has gone to Trump twice in the last two presidential elections and is largely considered a safe red state heading into 2024.

Trump-backed Bernie Moreno won Ohio’s Senate GOP primary race, beating state Sen. Matt Dolan and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose for the opportunity to take on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in November. The Associated Press called the race for Moreno at 8:35 p.m. Eastern time, with Moreno holding 50.5% support with 94% of votes counted.

Ohio’s Senate race is considered to be one of the most competitive contests of 2024 as Brown seeks to win another term and help Democrats hold on to their slim majority in the Senate.

Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin defeated Hudson City Councilor Chris Banweg on Tuesday in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District GOP primary, with the Associated Press calling the race at 8:53 p.m. Eastern time with Coughlin holding 65% of votes with 98% of votes counted. Coughlin will face incumbent Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-OH) in November.

State Rep. Derek Merrin won the Republican primary in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, beating Steve Lankenau, and Craig Riedel. J.R. Majewski exited the race earlier this month. The Associated Press called the race for Merrin at 9:43 p.m. Eastern. Merrin won with 52.5% out of 98% of votes counted.

Merrin will face Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) in November.

In Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, Michael Rulli defeated two GOP challengers, with the Associated Press calling the race for Rulli at 10:25 p.m. Eastern. Rulli won with 49.6% with 98% of votes counted.

Rulli will face Democrat Michael Kripchak in a special general election on June 11 to fill out the remainder of former Rep. Bill Johnson’s term.

Meanwhile, Judge Lisa Forbes, an 8th District Court of Appeals judge, defeated 10th District Court of Appeals Judge Terri Jamison on Tuesday in the Democratic primary for the state Supreme Court’s open seat. Forbes will face Republican Dan Hawkins, a judge on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, in November as Democrats hope to flip the Ohio Supreme Court.

Delegates at stake: 127 for Democrats, 79 for Republicans

Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. EST.


Trump won Florida’s Republican primary, with the Associated Press calling the race in Trump’s favor at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Florida is Trump’s home state and the site of his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Trump had 81.2% of the vote with 98% counted, with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley garnering 13.9%. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), once thought to be Trump’s biggest threat to securing the GOP nomination for a third time and who dropped his bid in January, got 3.7%.

Florida’s Democratic primary was canceled, as Biden was the only candidate nominated, awarding all 224 of the party’s delegates to the president.

Delegates at stake: 125 for Republicans

Most polls closed at 7 p.m. EST, with the rest closing at 8 p.m.


Biden won Illinois’s Democratic primary, with the Associated Press calling the race for Biden at 8:11 p.m. Eastern. Biden won 91.3% with 79% of votes counted. Trump won the state’s GOP primary, holding 80.6% out of 88% of votes counted. The Associated Press called the race at 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

Trump’s appearance on the ballot comes after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that states, including Illinois, could not remove him from their ballots using the 14th Amendment.

Yet to be called: Several congressional primary races are took place in Illinois as well, most notably in the state’s 12th Congressional District, where Trump-endorsed incumbent Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) is facing a challenger from his party’s hard-line flank.

Darren Bailey, who has the support of firebrand Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and House Freedom Caucus member Mary Miller (R-IL), is part of a growing number of Republican candidates challenging incumbents from their own party. The race has yet to be called as of 1 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday.

Registered voters can participate in either party’s primary.

Delegates at stake: 147 for Democrats, 64 for Republicans

Polls closed at 8 p.m. EST.


Both Biden and Trump won their primary races in Kansas. Biden won with 83.8% with 99% of votes counted, with the Associated Press calling the race at 9 p.m. Eastern when polls closed.

One of Biden’s biggest challenges of the night, the “none of the names shown” option on the ballot, secured 10.3% of the vote. Protest votes against Biden have followed the president throughout the 2024 primary cycle as he faces criticism over his support of Israel in its war against Hamas.

Trump won Kansas’s Republican primary at 75.5% with 99% of votes counted, with the Associated Press calling the race at 9 p.m. Eastern just as the last polls closed. Kansas is a reliably safe red state heading into 2024. The state hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since 1964.

The “none of the names shown” option also appeared on the Republican primary ballot. Registered voters could only participate in their own party’s contest, but independents could participate in either election.

Delegates at stake: 33 for Democrats, 39 for Republicans

Most polls closed at 8 p.m. EST, with the last polls closing at 9 p.m.


Biden won Arizona’s Democratic primary by a landslide, with the Associated Press calling the race for him at 11:02 p.m. Eastern time. Biden held 89.8% of the vote with 67% counted.

A protest vote campaign against Biden that urged voters to vote for author Marianne Williamson as there was not an “uncommitted” option on the ballot got 3.4% of the vote at the time the race was called.

Trump also won his primary race, with the Associated Press calling the race for him at 11:02 p.m. Eastern time, holding 76.3% of the vote with 64% of votes counted. Haley secured 20.1% of the vote, earning more than 106,000 votes in the primary race.

Biden beat Trump in Arizona by only 10,457 votes in 2020.

Delegates at stake: 72 for Democrats, 43 for Republicans

First polls closed at 9 p.m. Eastern time.


Race to watch


The Golden State’s only race on Tuesday was the special election to fill McCarthy’s seat in California’s 20th Congressional District left open after he left Congress last December.

Fong will advance to a runoff election after failing to secure more than 50% of the vote on Tuesday. Fong holds 40.4% support with 81% of the vote counted, according to the Associated Press.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and Democrat Marisa Wood are battling for second place to advance to the runoff and face off with Fong. A separate primary for a full term beginning in January 2025 was held on March 5. In that primary, Fong received the most votes and will face Boudreaux in November.

California’s 20th Congressional District is reliably red.

Polls closed at 11 p.m. Eastern time.