S.C., Kansas GOP halt presidential primary, caucus despite outcry from Trump challengers . The Republican parties in South Carolina and Kansas won’t hold nominating contests in 2020,
Offering support to President Donald Trump despite fierce opposition from several GOP challengers lodging a long-shot bid for the White House. The GOP in the deep-red state of South Carolina, which went to Trump in 2016 with about 55% of the vote,
Announced on Saturday it wouldn’t hold a GOP primary contest for the 2020 election. Kansas’ Republican party said on Friday it would not hold a caucus and explained conservatives have historically always given the state’s delegates to the Republican incumbent.
Officials in Nevada and Arizona are also examining the option of nixing their primaries. “President Trump and his administration have delivered for South Carolinians,
Trump is officially facing GOP primary challenges from former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld who announced his White House bid in April, as well as from former Rep. Joe Walsh, who announced his candidacy in August.
The announcement will affect Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, who was also thinking about challenging Trump but postponed announcing his decision due to Hurricane Dorian. Sanford said Saturday afternoon that he was disappointed by the state party’s decision to cancel its presidential primary.
While primary challenges to incumbent presidents rarely show success, news that states were debating canceling Republican primaries sent Trump’s GOP challengers into a frenzy, accusing the administration of “rigging” the election.
“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. Well lookie here…the lying hypocrite is trying to ‘rig’ the system in 2020,” Walsh wrote on Twitter.