Republican Party presidential primaries, 2004

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Republican Party Presidential Primaries, 2004
United States
2000 ←
January 19 to June 8, 2004
→ 2008

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Nominee George W. Bush
Party Republican
Home state Texas
States carried 50 + D.C.
Popular vote 7,853,863[1]
Percentage 98.1%

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Bush won every statewide contest

President before election

George W. Bush

Republican presidential candidate-elect

George W. Bush

The 2004 Republican presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Republican Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Incumbent President George W. Bush was again selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses culminating in the 2004 Republican National Convention held from August 30 to September 2, 2004 in New York City.

Primary race overview[edit]

Incumbent President George W. Bush announced in mid-2003 that he would campaign for re-election; he faced no major challengers. He then went on, throughout early 2004, to win every nomination contest, including a sweep of Super Tuesday, beating back the vacuum of challengers and maintaining the recent tradition of an easy primary for incumbent Presidents (the last time an incumbent was seriously challenged was when Senator Ted Kennedy challenged Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980). Bush managed to raise US$130 million in 2003 alone, and expected to set a national primary fund-raising record of $200 million by the time of the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.

Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, an opponent of the war in Iraq, Bush's tax cuts, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and much of Bush's social agenda, considered challenging Bush in the New Hampshire primary in the fall of 2003. He decided not to run, after the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003.[2]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Withdrew during primary elections[edit]

Results[edit]

There are 2,509 total delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention, of which 650 are so-called "superdelegates" who are not bound by any particular state's primary or caucus votes and can change their votes at any time. A candidate needs 1,255 delegates to become the nominee. Except for the Northern Mariana Islands and Midway Atoll, all states, territories, and other inhabited areas of the United States offer delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention.

2004 Republican primaries and caucuses
Blake Ashby Richard Bosa George W. Bush John Buchanan Michael Callis Robert Haines Millie Howard Tom Laughlin John Rigazio Bill Wyatt
Total Delegates¹ 1608
Superdelegates¹ 168
Jan. 19 Iowa³
(caucus)
100.00%
(32)
Jan. 27 New Hampshire
(primary)
0.39% 1.24% 79.55%
(29)
1.23% 0.57% 0.85% 0.35% 0.23% 1.18% 0.23%
Feb. 3 (Mini Tuesday) Missouri
(primary)
0.80% 95.06%
(57)
1.03%
North Dakota
(caucus)
100.00%
(26)
Oklahoma
(primary)
90.00%
(41)
10.00%
South Carolina
(convention)
100.00%
(46)
Feb. 10 District of Columbia
(caucus)
100.00%
(16)
Tennessee
(primary)
95.45%
(39)
Feb. 17 Wisconsin
(primary)
99.25%
(37)
Mar. 2 (Super Tuesday) California
(primary)
100.00%
(170)
Connecticut
(none)
-
(30)
Georgia
(primary)
100.00%
(66)
Maryland
(primary)
100.00%
(36)
Massachusetts
(primary)
91.13%
(41)
Minnesota
(caucus)
100.00%
(38)
New York
(none)
-
(87)
Ohio
(primary)
100.00%
(81)
Rhode Island
(primary)
84.89%
(18)
Vermont
(primary)
100.00%
(15)
Mar. 9 Florida
(primary)
-
(109)
Louisiana
(primary)
96.09%
(41)
3.91%
Mississippi
(primary)
-
(35)
Texas
(primary)
92.49%
(135)
Mar. 16 Illinois
(primary)
100.00%
(60)
Apr. 27 Pennsylvania
(primary)
100.00%
May 4 Indiana
(primary)
100.00%
(27)
May 11 West Virginia
(primary)
100.00%
(26)
May 18 Arkansas
(primary)
97.25%
(32)
Kentucky
(primary)
92.64%
(43)
Oregon
(primary)
-
(28)
May 25 Idaho
(primary)
89.50%
(24)
Jun. 1 Alabama
(primary)
92.83%
(45)
New Mexico
(primary)
100.00%
(21)
South Dakota
(primary)
-
(25)
Jun. 8 New Jersey
(primary)
100.00%
(52)
Color Key: 1st place
  (delegates earned)  
2nd place
  (delegates earned)  
3rd place
  (delegates earned)  
  Withdrawn  

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