Presidential primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Donald Trump won Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary in Florida, a vote the former president was expected to win easily after all of his main rivals dropped out.

Trump’s victory in his adopted home state came at the same time he also won the Ohio Republican primary. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden won the Ohio Democratic primary at the same time. There was no contest to win in Florida, as Democrats canceled their primary and opted to award their 224 delegates to Biden, a move that has precedent for a sitting president.

Trump and Biden are also expected to easily win primaries on Tuesday in Arizona, Illinois and Kansas, gaining more support later become the presumptive candidates of their parties last week.

Trump, a Florida voter, cast his ballot at a recreation center in Palm Beach on Tuesday and told reporters, “I voted for Donald Trump.”

Other careers outside the presidency could provide insight into the national political mood. Ohio Republican Senate Primary pits Trump-backed businessman Bernie Moreno against two rivals, Ohio Secretary of State Frank Frank LaRose and Matt Dolan, whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians baseball team.

FILE - Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump, left, listens as Senate candidate Bernie Moreno speaks at a campaign rally on March 16, 2024, in Vandalia, Ohio.  Five states will hold presidential primaries on Tuesday, March 19, as President Joe Biden and Trump continue to build support across the country after becoming their parties' presumptive nominees.  Ohio's Republican Senate primary pits Moreno, backed by Trump, against two rivals, Ohio Secretary of State Frank Frank LaRose and Matt Dolan, whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians baseball team.  (AP Photo/Jeff Dean, File)

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump, left, listens as Senate candidate Bernie Moreno speaks at a campaign rally on March 16, 2024, in Vandalia, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean, File)

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks at an event Dec. 8, 2023, in Las Vegas.  Five states will hold presidential primaries on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, as Biden and former President Donald Trump continue to build support across the country after becoming their parties' presumptive nominees.  Biden is scheduled to visit Nevada on Monday and Arizona on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

President Joe Biden speaks at an event on December 8, 2023 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Chicago voters will decide whether to evaluate a single real estate tax to pay for new services for homeless people. And California voters will move toward a decision on replacing former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who resigned his seat after being ousted from Republican leadership.

Trump and Biden have been focused on the general election for weeks, and have lately directed their campaigns toward states that could be competitive in November rather than simply those holding primaries.

Trump rallied Saturday in Ohio, which for several years has been reliably Republican after being a national powerhouse in presidential elections. Trump won the state by about 8 percentage points in 2016 and 2020. But there are signs the state could be more competitive in 2024. Last year, Ohio voted overwhelmingly to protect abortion rights in its constitution and voted in favor of legalizing marijuana.

Biden, meanwhile, visits Nevada and Arizona on Tuesday, two states that were among the closest in 2020 and remain top priorities for both bells.

Trump and Biden rely on their records in office and present the other as a threat to the United States. Trump, 77, portrays Biden, 81, as mentally ill. The president has described his Republican rival as a threat to democracy following her attempt to overturn the 2020 election results and his praise for her. foreign strong men.

Those themes were evident Tuesday at some polling places.

“President Biden, I don’t think he knows how to tie his shoes anymore,” said Linda Bennet, a Trump supporter and resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, not far from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Although he echoed Trump’s arguments about Biden, he criticized Trump’s rhetoric and “the way he composes himself” as “not at all presidential.” But he said the former president is “a man of his word” and that the country, especially the economy, felt stronger under Trump’s leadership.

In Columbus, Ohio, Democrat Brenda Woodfolk voted for Biden and shared the president’s formulation of the election this fall.

“It’s scary,” he said of the prospect that Trump could be in the Oval Office again. “Trump wants to be a dictator, he talks about making America white again and all that kind of nonsense. “There is too much hate.”

Bennet and Woodfolk agreed that immigration is one of their main concerns, although they offered different views on why.

“This border thing is out of control,” said Bennet, the Republican voter. “I think it’s a plot or plan by the government to bring these people in to change the whole dynamic for their benefit, so I’m pretty angry.”

Woodfolk, the Democrat, said she doesn’t mind immigrants “sharing” opportunities in the United States, but worries that it comes at the expense of “people who have been here their whole lives.”

Trump and Republicans have criticized Biden over the influx of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years, seeking to capitalize on the problem far beyond the border states. Biden has stepped up a counteroffensive in recent weeks after Senate Republicans ended an immigration compromise They had negotiated with the White House, withholding their support only after Trump said he opposed the deal. Biden has taken advantage of the circumstances to argue that Trump and the Republicans have no interest in solving the problem, but rather want to inflame voters in an election year.

Over the past year, Trump has combined his campaign with his legal challenges, including dozens of criminal charges and civil cases he faces. more than 500 million dollars in fines.

His first criminal trial was scheduled to begin Monday in New York over accusations that he falsified business records to cover up hush money payments. but a judge delayed the trial for 30 days after the recent disclosure of new evidence that Trump’s lawyers said they needed time to review. – Jackson reported from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Price reported from New York. Barrow reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in New York contributed to this report.



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