50,000 Voters Just Ditched Joe Biden

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Tuesday, in Wisconsin, close to 50,000 Democratic primary voters cast an “uninstructed” ballot as a means of protesting President Joe Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war. 

The “uninstructed” contingent received around 8 percent of the vote, with a total of 48,000 votes. This is ten times more than what it had received in the previous election in 2020 and is an amount larger than the margin between President Biden and former President Donald Trump in the state. 

This is not the first such protest, with similar ones having taken place in Minnesota, Michigan, and Washington, those votes have garnered 26 delegates. The Wisconsin primary vote however did not reach above the 15 percent support required for it to result in any delegates. 

Around 2 percent of the Republican primary voters in the state also selected an “uninstructed” delegation. The organizers of the protest had been aiming for 20,000 votes but managed to double their stated goal for this campaign. 

The movement has received support from progressives and is part of a general movement of criticisms against Biden over his response and handling of the war in Gaza. Critics have been pushing for Biden to support a full cease-fire in the conflict, however, so far he has refused to do so. Still, over the past few weeks, Biden has increased his criticism of Israel and its military operation in Gaza. 

Following the polls closing on Tuesday, Listen to Wisconsin, the activist group that has been backing these efforts, celebrated the success of the protest.

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