Who is Jason Palmer, the long-shot candidate who beat Joe Biden in the American Samoa Democratic primary?

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Jason Palmer, an acquisition exertion task capitalist and erstwhile staffer astatine nan Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, won nan American Samoa Democratic caucus connected Tuesday, NBC News projects.

Palmer won 51 full votes, contempt having ne'er visited nan territory, while President Joe Biden won 40 votes.

"You tin ne'er expect to hit an incumbent president, but I emotion nan group of American Samoa and they’ve been truthful awesome to maine this past month," Palmer told NBC News aft his projected victory.

Palmer was mostly an chartless fig earlier Tuesday, though he said he held 4 virtual run events successful American Samoa successful caller days and won respective 100 votes successful New Hampshire and Nevada's Democratic primaries earlier this year.

Palmer was besides connected nan ballot successful Colorado and Vermont connected Tuesday and told NBC News he's connected nan ballot successful 16 states and territories this cycle.

He's looking up to Arizona wherever Palmer said he’ll soon beryllium releasing his scheme to lick nan “immigration crisis.”

Palmer added that his extremity is to amass arsenic galore delegates arsenic imaginable truthful he tin power nan normal to make acquisition a apical privilege successful this election.

Pressed connected whether he would support Biden if he were nan eventual nominee, Palmer said if he doesn't get nan nomination, "I will support nan Democratic nominee for president. But it’s my dream that Joe Biden steps speech for nan adjacent procreation of leaders.”

Palmer said that location are different awesome leaders successful nan Democratic statement person to his property (52) fresh to measurement up and lead, and they person a overmuch amended chance of beating Donald Trump successful nan fall.

He said those leaders could beryllium himself aliases Democratic Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Jared Polis of Colorado, aliases Gavin Newsom of California.

Though his triumph successful nan American territory came arsenic a surprise, nan superior has not ever predicted nan eventual nominee.

politics politicalJason Palmer.Courtesy Palmer for President via Facebook

In 2020, erstwhile New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won nan territory's Democratic caucus, picking up 4 delegates to nan Democratic National Convention, while erstwhile Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard came successful second, earning 2 delegates to nan convention.

In 2016, erstwhile Secretary of State Hilary Clinton won nan American Samoa Democratic caucus and besides won nan Democratic information that year. Clinton besides won that caucus successful 2008, though she did not triumph nan Democratic information that year.

American Samoa's Democratic caucuses mostly person debased turnout. Ninety-one group voted connected Tuesday, while complete 300 voted successful nan 2020 contest, which featured 10 candidates. In 2016, complete 200 group voted successful nan Democratic caucus.

According to nan Facebook page of nan American Samoa Democratic Party, nan caucus is held astatine 1 location, astatine nan Department of Youth and Women's Affairs successful Tafuna, wherever voters formed ballots for illustration a accepted superior aliases wide election.

However, party-run nominating contests are immoderate of nan only ways for voters successful American Samoa to participate successful nan U.S. statesmanlike election.

Only eligible voters successful nan 50 states are allowed to ballot successful November's wide election, excluding voters successful American Samoa and different U.S. territories.

Asked successful December astir why he decided to tally for president, Palmer told Inside Higher Education that nan biggest logic was because of, “all nan reports astir young group emotion helplessness and despair, an wide consciousness that nan biggest problems of our era aren’t being addressed.”

He added, “When acquisition aliases workforce readiness comes up successful our nationalist debate, it’s astir captious title mentation and transgender bathrooms, not 21st-century skills, apprenticeships, credentials aliases value jobs. This is not acceptable. I will not let nan United States of America to descend into an abyss of ignorance—not connected my watch.”

While Palmer will triumph respective delegates to nan Democratic National Convention connected Tuesday, it's improbable that he'll person immoderate benignant of coagulated way to nan statesmanlike nomination.

According to FEC reports, Palmer has raised $570,000 for his campaign, but complete $530,000 of that came from a individual indebtedness from nan candidate.

A Biden run adjutant connected Tuesday told NBC News that he did not cognize who Palmer was.

Biden presently leads nan title pinch 994 delegates. No different campaigner connected nan Democratic broadside had notched immoderate delegates going into Super Tuesday, though "uncommitted," earned 2 delegates successful Michigan aft 13% of Democratic superior voters location voted "uncommitted," alternatively than selecting a candidate, successful protestation of Biden's attack to Israel's warfare against Hamas.

Alexandra Marquez

Alexandra Marquez is simply a authorities newsman for NBC News.

Lindsey Pipia

Lindsey Pipia is an Associate Producer for nan 2024 Political Desk.

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