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Super Tuesday: Voters head to the polls in US primaries

Update : 05 Mar 2024, 20:02

Democrat and Republican voters are set to cast their ballots for their party candidates for the upcoming presidential election in November. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are favored for a rematch.

Biden struggles with low approval ratings

Incumbent President Joe Biden is grappling with poor approval ratings amid a cost of living crisis and concerns around his age.

Biden is trailing behind Donald Trump in most polls in key swing states, while the most recent Reuters/Ipsos poll put both candidates at 36% support at the national level.

While the US has escaped an anticipated recession, inflation soared in 2022.

According to a New York Times survey published on Saturday, almost two-thirds of people who voted for Biden in 2020 say he is too old to lead the country effectively. Biden is 81 and Trump is 77.

A recent special counsel's report on the investigation into Biden's handling of classified documents suggested that the president suffered from memory lapses, to which Biden responded: "My memory is fine."

Trump's many legal woes

Donald Trump is facing several legal challenges, which he has described, without evidence, as a political witch hunt to keep him from winning the election.

The White House has repeatedly stated that it has nothing to do with the numerous cases against the former president.

The Supreme Court is set to rule on a claim by Trump that he is immune from criminal prosecution.

In the state of Colorado, Trump had been excluded from the ballot under a constitutional provision on insurrection for inciting the January 6 Capitol attack in 2021. However, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Trump remains eligible to appear on primary ballots.

He is also appealing a ruling after being barred from the ballot in the state of Maine.

Besides direct legal challenges to his presidential re-run, Trump also faces a racketeering trial in Georgia over alleged interference in the 2020 election results and a Department of Justice case that has charged him with felonies in connection with his attempts to remain in power.

In yet another case, the former president has been charged with keeping classified government documents at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida after the end of his term.

Separately he was ordered to pay $350 million (€323 million) in a civil fraud case related to how he and his sons ran the family business, and $83.3 million to a writer after it was found he defamed her after she accused him of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s.

Trump has also been indicted in New York over an investigation into hush money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Haley continues contest despite Trump's sweeping wins

Former president and businessman Donald Trump is expected to move closer toward receiving the Republican Party's nomination in Super Tuesday primary votes.

Trump's last remaining rival is Nikki Haley, who has no clear path toward the nomination. Trump defeated Haley on Monday in North Dakota, as well as in nine other contests.

Haley won her first nominating contest in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.

To win the Republican nomination for the presidential election ballot in November, a candidate needs to secure at least 1,215 delegates.

Trump currently has 276 delegates, with Haley trailing on 43. The earliest Trump can formally clinch the nomination is March 12.

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