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Weld Blown Out in Florida

March 18, 2020

Two states voted in the Republican presidential primary on Tuesday this week, and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld lost big in the one he entered.

Weld was on the primary ballot in  Florida. The other state that voted was Illinois, as Politico reports.

President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for re-election, won each of the states overwhelmingly. In Florida, Trump earned 93.8 percent of the vote. Weld finished second with 3.2 percent of the vote.

Trump also won Illinois on Tuesday, March 17 with 96 percent of the vote. California businessman (and perennial candidate) Rocky De La Fuente was the only other name on the ballot; De La Fuente received 4 percent of the vote.

With his wins, Trump surpassed the 1,276 delegate threshold needed to earn the party’s nomination. However, as of Wednesday morning, March 18, neither De La Fuente or Weld had dropped out of the race.

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