Trump and Biden won the election, but voters are expressing their dissatisfaction

President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump both won big in the state primaries on Tuesday, as a small but significant protest voice in both parties continued to assert itself against each candidate.

Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump, who have already clinched their nominations, made big gains in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, and the races were called shortly after the polls closed in each state.

Mr. Trump held at least 75 percent of the vote in each state by 11 p.m., but Nikki Haley, who dropped out of the race early last month, still took at least 10 percent of the vote in all four states, a sign of lingering GOP discontent with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump was weakest in Connecticut, where he won less than 78 percent of the vote, while Ms. Haley won about 14 percent.

Mr. Biden had at least 80 percent of the vote in each primary by 11 p.m. Activists have called for primary protest votes as a way to register disapproval of Biden’s handling of the war in Gaza, and the “absentee” option accounted for between 8 and 15 percent of the vote in states where it was an option. In Rhode Island, 14.9 percent of voters chose the “non-committed” ballot option, or 3,750 votes, and Democratic turnout was about a quarter of that number in 2020.

New York has no write-in option, so organizers of the “uncommitted” effort urged voters in the Democratic primary to leave their ballots blank. Blank ballots will not be reported in the initial, unofficial results of the primary, which showed Biden with more than 90 percent of the total votes.

In the Republican primary in New York, Mr. Trump had over 80 percent of the vote, while Ms. Haley had 13 percent and Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, won more than 4 percent of the vote. He dropped out of the race in January.

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