Republican Party presidential primaries, 2004

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Republican Party Presidential Primaries, 2004
United States
2000 ←
January 19 to June 8, 2004 → 2008
  George-W-Bush.jpeg
Nominee George W. Bush
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 nominee

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 in a presidential primary contest 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] He would later change his party affiliation and run for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination.[3][4]

Candidates[edit]

Nominee[edit]

Candidate Current office Home state Estimated delegate count (RCP) Campaign status States won States - second place States - third place
George-W-Bush.jpeg
President Bush
President of the United States Texas
2,508
Nominee
50+6
New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, New York, California, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Arizona, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin, Vermont, Rhode Island, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Oregon, Idaho, South Dakota, New Mexico.Michigan, Nevada (caucus), Wyoming, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana (caucus), Utah, Minnesota, Colorado, North Dakota, Alaska.(Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, West Virginia (caucus), Tennessee, Kansas, Louisiana))
Non-states: Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, Guam
' '
none
' '
none

Challengers[edit]

On the ballot in two or more primaries[edit]

William Tsangarse[5] ran for president under the pseudonym "Bill Wyatt." The then-43-year-old T-shirt maker left the Democratic Party to become a Republican after Democrats voted for the war in Iraq, an action he saw as a betrayal.

Tsangares traveled 12,000 miles and spent an estimated $20,000 on his Presidential campaign. He managed to get on the ballot in New Hampshire, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and even the Democratic Primary ballot in Arizona.

He finished tenth in the New Hampshire primary with 0.23% of the vote (153 votes), placed second in Missouri, where he received 1,268 votes (1.03%). However, a major upset occurred on Mini-Tuesday when Tsangares won just over 10% of the vote in Oklahoma and 4% in Louisiana.

He also received 233 votes (0.10%) in the Arizona Democratic primary.

Candidate home state total votes  %
Uncommitted
91,926 1.1%
(others) various 49,281 0.8%
Bill Wyatt California 10,847 0%
Blake Ashby Missouri 1.145 0%

On the ballot in one primary[edit]

All but one of the following were on the ballot only in the state of New Hampshire.

Candidate home state total votes  %
Richard Bosa New Hampshire 841 1.2%
John Buchanan Georgia 836 1.2%
John Rigazio New Hampshire 803 1.2%
Robert Haines New Hampshire 579 0.9%
Michael Callis New Hampshire 388 0.6%
Millie Howard Ohio 239 0.4%
Tom Laughlin California 154 0.2%
Jim Taylor 124 0.2%
Mark "Dick" Harnes 87 0.1%
Cornelius E. O'Connor, 77 0.1%
George Gostigian, 52 0.1%
Jack Fellure West Virginia 14[6] 0

Results[edit]

There were 2,509 total delegates to the 2004 Republican National Convention, of which 650 were so-called "superdelegates" who were not bound by any particular state's primary or caucus votes and could 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 Jack Fellure 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)
99.11%
(26)
0.69%
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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