Who is the unknown presidential contender Jason Palmer, who handed Biden his first defeat in 2024

In the Democratic presidential nomination race, President Biden faced a setback as he lost to an unfamiliar candidate in the American Samoa caucuses on Tuesday. According to the Fox News Decision Desk, Jason Palmer, a self-proclaimed entrepreneur and investor, emerged victorious, securing four delegates compared to Biden's two.

Palmer, 52, hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, with a background in leadership roles at Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among other companies, highlighted his extensive executive and small business experience on his campaign website. He's positioned as the youngest Democratic candidate for president, appearing on ballots in 16 states and territories.


Following his win in American Samoa, Palmer expressed gratitude on social media, emphasizing the significance of community support in shaping a brighter future.

This defeat for Biden contrasts with his previous successes on Super Tuesday against rivals Marianne Williamson and Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips. Despite triumphs in several states earlier in the evening, Biden's campaign acknowledged the loss in American Samoa.

In the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race, Biden struggled in American Samoa, securing only 8% of the vote against competitors such as Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and Michael Bloomberg. Notably, Bloomberg invested heavily but won only in this territory.

American Samoa's voting influence is limited to the primary season, with no participation in the general presidential election. The Biden campaign sought to minimize the impact of the loss, citing the low voter turnout of less than 500 votes in the contest.

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