Trump's Historic Ballot Appearance Amid Controversy

Mia Nightshade

Updated Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 6:09 AM CDT

Trump's Historic Ballot Appearance Amid Controversy

For the first time since his historic conviction on felony crimes, Donald Trump's name will appear on the ballot this Tuesday. The former president is set to compete in Republican contests in Montana, New Jersey, and New Mexico, marking a significant moment in American political history.

President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will also be on the ballot in primaries across Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Washington, D.C., and South Dakota. Notably, Republicans in D.C. held a party-run primary in March, and South Dakota canceled its GOP presidential primary because Trump was uncontested.

In addition to the presidential primaries, voters will cast ballots in federal, state, and local races in these states. Both Trump and Biden are expected to easily prevail in their respective contests. However, if Trump's margins of victory are narrower than anticipated, it could signal voter hesitations about nominating a candidate with a felony criminal record.

Nikki Haley, the former United Nations Ambassador, dropped out in March but still enjoys some support from a minority of GOP voters. Meanwhile, Biden has faced protest votes from Democratic voters dissatisfied with his handling of Israel’s war with Hamas.

In Montana, retired Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy has garnered backing from Trump and national Republican leaders in the Senate race. The winner will challenge Democratic Senator Jon Tester. Representative Matt Rosendale, who initially sought to run in the Senate contest, withdrew after Trump endorsed Sheehy.

New Jersey's Democratic primary will be crucial as voters pick a candidate to replace Senator Bob Menendez, who is on trial for federal corruption charges. Menendez has filed paperwork to run in the general election as an independent candidate. Representative Andy Kim is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, while GOP candidates include Curtis Bashaw, Albert Harshaw, Justin Murphy, and Christine Serrano Glassner.

Other notable races include New Jersey’s 3rd District, with five Democrats vying for the seat currently held by Representative Andy Kim, and New Jersey's 8th District, where Representative Rob Menendez faces a primary challenge from Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. In New Mexico's 1st District, Republicans Louie Sanchez and Steve Jones will compete to take on incumbent Melanie Stansbury.

The political landscape remains charged as national political reporters Bridget Bowman and Henry J. Gomez discuss Senate candidates' reactions to Trump's guilty verdict, and Senior Political Editor Mark Murray analyzes early polls following the conviction. Trump's guilty verdict in the New York hush money case is a significant test for down-ballot candidates. Republican candidates in Senate battlegrounds have labeled the verdict as "election interference," "a sham," "rigged," and "political persecution."

Polls reveal a divided public. A CBS News/YouGov poll found 57% of adults believe the jury reached the correct verdict, while a Morning Consult poll showed 54% approval among registered voters. An ABC News/Ipsos survey indicated 50% of adults thought the verdict was right, and pre-verdict national polls consistently showed slight majorities agreeing the charges against Trump were serious and that he was being held to the same standard as anyone else.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 1 in 10 Republicans are less likely to vote for Trump post-verdict, while 55% of Republican voters said it didn't affect their vote, and 34% said it made them more likely to vote for him. The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted in late May reported similar findings.

Post-verdict polls show tight races between Biden and Trump. The Reuters/Ipsos poll of registered voters has Biden at 41% and Trump at 39%, while the Morning Consult poll shows Biden at 45% and Trump at 44%. An ABC News/Ipsos poll found favorability ratings for both candidates essentially unchanged from March.

As the primaries unfold, all eyes will be on how Trump's conviction influences voter sentiment and the broader political dynamics. The outcomes will provide vital insights into the 2024 presidential race and set the stage for the November elections.

Conservative Bias:

Well, folks, here we go again with the liberal media and their endless witch hunts. Donald Trump, a man who has done more for this country than any Democrat could dream of, is being dragged through the mud with these baseless felony charges. It's nothing but a desperate attempt by the left to interfere with our elections. They know they can't beat Trump fair and square, so they concoct these sham trials to tarnish his name. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, who has been a disaster from day one, is being propped up by the media despite his numerous failures, including his catastrophic handling of Israel’s war with Hamas. And let's not forget the corrupt Democrats in New Jersey, like Senator Bob Menendez, who are mired in federal corruption charges. Yet, the media barely bats an eye. This is the kind of double standard that drives Americans crazy. The polls might show a divided public, but let me tell you, true patriots see through this charade. Trump's conviction will only make his supporters more determined to see him back in the White House. The liberal elites and their media cronies can try all they want, but they won't stop the MAGA movement. The real election interference is coming from the left, and it's time we call it out for what it is—an all-out assault on democracy.

Liberal Bias:

Here we are, witnessing the Republican Party once again rallying behind a convicted felon, Donald Trump. It's a testament to the moral bankruptcy and hypocrisy of the GOP. Despite his criminal record, the Republicans are bending over backwards to support a man who has shown nothing but contempt for the rule of law. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, who has been tirelessly working to repair the damage done by Trump, is facing unwarranted criticism over his handling of complex international issues like Israel’s war with Hamas. And let's not ignore the fact that the Republican Party is still embracing figures like Tim Sheehy in Montana, who are nothing more than Trump’s puppets. In New Jersey, the GOP is shamelessly trying to capitalize on the corruption charges against Senator Bob Menendez, while conveniently ignoring the rampant corruption within their own ranks. The polls show a divided nation, but it's clear that a significant portion of the public sees Trump for what he is—a criminal unfit for office. The Republican candidates labeling Trump's conviction as "election interference" and "political persecution" are simply parroting the same tired, dishonest rhetoric. This isn't about justice or democracy for them; it's about clinging to power at any cost. The American people deserve better than a party that prioritizes a felon's ambitions over the nation's well-being. The upcoming elections will be a critical test of whether decency and the rule of law can prevail over the GOP's relentless pursuit of power.

Noticed an error or an aspect of this article that requires correction? Please provide the article link and reach out to us. We appreciate your feedback and will address the issue promptly.

Check out our latest stories