The GOP Deals With Trump Competition by Canceling Elections

Henrietta Strickland
September 10, 2019

Mark Sanford said Sunday that he will indeed challenge President Trump in the Republican primary.

Republican caucuses in four states, including Nevada, will be scrapped for the 2020 presidential election according to a Politico report.

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

He becomes the third Republican to mount a primary challenge against the President.

"As a general rule, when either party has an incumbent president in the White House, there's no rationale to hold a primary", South Carolina GOP Chairman Drew McKissick said.

The expected cancellations by state party officials will give Trump an easier path and avoid scenarios like in 1992 when former President George H.W. Bush faced a primary challenge from Pat Buchanan and later went on to lose reelection.

What is different in this election, however, is that a number of Republicans have expressed interest in challenging Trump. 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.

Although some state Republican parties are seriously looking at canceling their presidential primaries next year, there are no plans for that to happen in Indiana. His decision to challenge Trump comes after losing his primary race past year for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District where he failed to find support in the state's Republican Party as a vocal critic of the President.

Trump has run up huge leads among Republicans in opinion polls. "But I am here to tell you now, that I am going to get in". A similar move followed in Nevada, where party spokesman Keith Schipper said, "The vote to opt out of the caucus has passed".

Still, there could be room for embarrassment in other states that don't choose to cancel their Republican primary in 2020. With no credible GOP challenger at this point, Trump likely won't need California's delegates to win the Republican nomination.

There wasn't anything especially untoward about any of this: it's expensive to administer primaries and caucuses, and when there's an incumbent president running effectively unopposed within his or her party, it stands to reason state officials would balk at wasting scarce resources.

He added in another tweet: 'Remember all the times back in 2016 when Donald Trump accused the Democrats of "rigging" the system to make sure Hillary got the nomination? I do. But the president's political team has pored over past primary results and is mindful that unexpected things can transpire - such as in 2012, when a federal inmate received 41 percent of the vote against Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary.

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