Biden loses American Samoa primary to Jason Palmer

 March 6, 2024

President Joe Biden has been winning all the Democrat primaries due to his incumbent status and the lack of any other viable candidates, but his record has come to an end in all places, American Samoa.

A virtually unknown candidate from Boston named Jason Palmer beat Biden 51 to 40 in the caucus, with each of them getting three delegates to the Democrat National Convention.

“I found out that I had won because my phone started blowing up with friends and campaign staffers texting me,” Palmer said in an interview late Tuesday.

Palmer had not visited the territory of less than 50,000 in person; instead, he campaigned virtually.

A remote campaign

“I have been campaigning remotely, doing Zoom town halls, talking to people, listening to them about their concerns and what matters to them,” he said.

Palmer posted on X the day before the caucus that “Washington D.C. is long overdue for a president who will be an advocate for American Samoa.”

He donated $500,000 of his own money to the campaign, which only applies to the primary. Residents of American Samoa can't vote in the general election.

“You can’t take the money with you when you die,” he said. “But you can change the world while you’re here.”

Generational change needed

Palmer wants to send a message that generational change is needed in the Democrat party and in the political process overall.

“This is the message that Joe Biden needs to hear, that the American people want to pass the torch to the next generation,” Palmer, 52, told ABC News.

The territory has often gone a different direction than the rest of the electorate. In 2020, Michael Bloomberg's only primary win came from American Samoa.

The result is a signal that voters are eager for alternatives to Biden, when they are provided.

At 82 years old, he is the oldest person to ever be president or run for president, and his mental deterioration has not gone unnoticed by the voting public.

If given a real alternative, there's no doubt many voters would rather have someone who isn't an octogenarian as a candidate.

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