President Joe Biden wins Missouri Democratic primary

President Joe Biden waves to members of the media as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House after exiting the Marine One helicopter, Sunday, March 24, 2024, on return to Washington from Delaware. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — President Joe Biden has won Missouri’s primary, the state Democratic Party announced.

Biden’s win was not in doubt; he has already beaten his major competitors. But the primary races are still closely watched by insiders for turnout and signs of protest voters.

Saturday’s primary was the Missouri Democratic Party’s first party-run presidential contest since a new law took effect in August 2022.

The party says about 20,000 voters participated.

Missouri Republicans opted to hold a caucus this year, which former President Donald Trump won.

Lawmakers have failed to reinstate the state-run primary despite calls to do so by both state Republican and Democratic party leaders.