2004 Republican Party presidential primaries

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Candidate George W. Bush Uncommitted Bill Wyatt
Home state Texas California[1]
Contests won 49 0 0
Popular vote 7,853,863[3] 91,926[4] 10,937[2]
Percentage 98.1% 1.2% 0.1%

Republican presidential primary, 2004 results by county
  George W. Bush
  No votes/information available

Previous Republican nominee

George W. Bush

Republican nominee

George W. Bush

From January 19 to June 8, 2004, voters of the Republican Party chose its nominee for president in the 2004 United States 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

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.

Several states and territories canceled their respective Republican primaries altogether, citing Bush being the only candidate to qualify on their respective ballot, including Connecticut,[5] Florida,[6] Mississippi,[7] New York,[8] Puerto Rico,[9] and South Dakota.[10]

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.[11] He would later change his party affiliation to Democratic and run in that party's 2016 presidential primaries.[12][13]

Candidates

Nominee

Candidate Most recent office Home state Campaign

Withdrawal date

Popular

vote

Contests won Running mate
George W. Bush
43rd
President of the United States

(2001–2009)
Incumbent

Texas

(CampaignPositions)
Secured nomination: March 10, 2004
7,853,863
(98.01%)
49 Dick Cheney

Challengers

On the ballot in two or more primaries


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

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

Declined to be candidates

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[17] 0

Results

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  

Counties carried

Republican presidential primary, 2004 results by county (exceptions: Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska & North Dakota – at-large)  George W. Bush  No votes/information available
Republican presidential primary, 2004 results by county (exceptions: Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska & North Dakota – at-large)
  George W. Bush
  No votes/information available

See also

References

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  3. ^ "State by State Summary 2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions".
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - US President - R Primaries Race - Jan 27, 2004".
  5. ^ "Connecticut Republican Allocation - 2004". The Green Papers. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "Florida Republican Allocation - 2004". The Green Papers. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Mississippi Republican Allocation - 2004". The Green Papers. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "New York Republican Allocation - 2004". The Green Papers. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Puerto Rico Republican Allocation - 2004". The Green Papers. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "South Dakota Republican Allocation - 2004". The Green Papers. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  11. ^ Chafee, Lincoln, Against the Tide: How A Compliant Congress Empowered A Reckless President, p.119-120
  12. ^ DelReal, Jose A. (June 3, 2015). "Lincoln Chafee announces long-shot presidential bid". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "Rhode Island's Chafee enters 2016 Democratic contest". Boston Herald. Associated Press. June 3, 2015. Archived from the original on February 8, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - William J. "Bill" Wyatt".
  15. ^ "Blake Ashby | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "Republican President of the United States - NHSOS". sos.nh.gov. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  17. ^ "Bush big winner in North Dakota". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. February 5, 2004. Retrieved June 30, 2015.