Republican State Parties Canceling Some Primaries

Henrietta Brewer
September 10, 2019

According to Politico, GOP officials in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas are all expected to move to cancel their primaries, following behind-the-scenes efforts by Trump re-election campaign to squash any intraparty dissent headed into their 2020 convention.

It would allow the party to hold a special convention after the state's March 2020 primary and determine the candidate, in this case Trump, who would compile a slate of delegates and alternates to send to the national convention.

"That has not been a topic of discussion here", Hupfer said.

Presidents Gerald Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George H.W. Bush in 1992 all faced challengers within their own parties and went on to lose the general election. Given Trump's approval amongst Republican voters - consistently around 90 percent - any challenge for his place as the GOP candidate is considered a long shot.

Walsh is one of several Trump Republican challengers who would face an uphill battle to catch fire during the 2020 primary. Former Republican Rep. Mark Sanford of SC has said he is nearing a decision on a possible bid, while two Republicans, former Rep. Joe Walsh of IL and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, are already in the race. Kansas also did not hold a Democratic primary in 1996, and state officials said they have often skipped primaries during an incumbent's reelection bid.

"Trump and his allies and the Republican National Committee are doing whatever they can do to eliminate primaries in certain states and make it very hard for primary challengers to get on the ballot in a number of states", Walsh told Politico, adding that it indicates "that Trump is afraid of a serious primary challenge because he knows his support is very soft".

The moves are the latest illustration of Trump's takeover of the entire Republican Party apparatus.

The Trump campaign has not indicated the president would engage in primary debates.

The Republican Party canceled primaries in 1984 to boost Ronald Reagan and again in 2004 to help George W. Bush.

Walsh told CNN after the SC vote that his campaign would "fight SC and any other state that considers doing this".

"Many of you are anxious that we have written you guys off, that California doesn't matter", Parscale told the crowd at the convention, the AP reports .

"It would be malpractice on my part to waste money on a caucus to come to the inevitable conclusion that President Trump will be getting all our delegates in Charlotte", Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald said.

Republicans have a registration advantage in the state's other 16 counties.

He said he wants to run to give Republicans an alternative to Trump with "executive experience" and restore the party to its principles.

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