2004 Republican Party presidential primaries

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Candidate George W. Bush Uncommitted Bill Wyatt
Home state Texas California[3]
Delegate count 2,590 0[a] 0
Contests won 49 0 0
Popular vote 7,853,863[1] 91,926[2] 10,937[4]
Percentage 98.1% 1.2% 0.1%

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Republican presidential primary, 2004
  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]

As of the 2024 presidential election, Bush is the last incumbent president, Democrat or Republican, to win all the delegates going into the national convention.



Candidate Most recent office Home state Campaign

Withdrawal date



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


Secured nomination: March 10, 2004
49 Dick Cheney


On the ballot in two or more primaries

Candidate home state total votes %
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


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.

Contested primaries

For brevity, states that did not hold a contest or had Bush as the only option on the ballot are omitted. Only candidates who placed third or better in a primary are included.

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Counties carried

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

See also


  1. ^ "State by State Summary 2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions".
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - US President - R Primaries Race - Jan 27, 2004".
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - William J. "Bill" Wyatt".
  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.


  1. ^ While there were technically 773 delegates that went to the convention unnbound, they presumably cast their support for the president
  2. ^
    • 4.2% for John Kerry (write-in, 2,819 votes)
    • 2.7% for Howard Dean (write-in, 1,789 votes)
    • 6.6% for other on-ballot candidates (4,444 votes)
    • 6.8% for other write-ins (4,666 votes)
  3. ^ All for Blake Ashby
  4. ^ All for Ed Schafer (not running)
  5. ^ Various write-ins
  6. ^ Various write-ins