Who is Jason Palmer, the obscure presidential candidate who delivered Biden’s first 2024 loss?

President Biden lost his first contest in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday to an unknown candidate in the U.S. territory of American Samoa. 

The Fox News Decision Desk projected that Jason Palmer, a self-described entrepreneur and investor, would win American Samoa’s caucuses, taking four delegates to Biden’s two.

On his campaign website, Palmer describes himself as a 52-year-old resident of Baltimore, Maryland, with leadership and executive experience working for companies like Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

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President Joe Biden, left, and Democrat presidential candidate and businessman Jason Palmer, right. (Getty Images/Palmer for President)

According to Palmer, he also has 25 years of small business experience in addition to his executive-level experience.

Biden’s loss to Palmer comes amid a string of Super Tuesday victories against his opponents, author Marianne Williamson and Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips.

Earlier in the evening, the Fox News Decision Desk called Iowa, Maine, Vermont, Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Phillips’ home state of Minnesota for Biden.

Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer, above, defeated President Biden in the Democratic caucuses for the American Samoa territory. (Palmer for President)

Jason Palmer says he has 25 years of small business experience in addition to his executive-level experience. (Palmer for President)

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During the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden lost the U.S. territory against his then-competitors, capturing just 8% of the vote compared to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 10%, then-Hawaiian Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s 29%, and New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s 50%.

The contest was the only one won by Bloomberg, despite spending over $500 million throughout his campaign.

President Joe Biden talking to crowd

President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on June 9, 2023. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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As a territory, American Samoa does not get a vote in the general presidential election, and is only permitted to send delegates to the convention during the primary season. 

The Biden campaign downplayed the loss by pointing to what it said was the likelihood that less than 500 total votes were cast in the contest.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy contributed to this report.

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