GOP to scrap caucuses in 4 states, including Nevada
GOP to scrap caucuses in 4 states, including Nevada
Republicans in 4 states may scrap primaries, caucuses to thwart President Trump's GOP challengers
10 September, 2019, 13:26
Challengers have emerged to Trump, including Weld and Joe Walsh, a former IL congressman.
Even if the law withstands a legal challenge, Trump could avoid the requirement by choosing not to compete in California's March 3, 2020, primary.
That train, however, may be stalled before it even leaves the station.
The measure was drafted in response to a state law signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in July that requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns, a move aimed squarely at the Republican president.
The Nevada Republican Party was expected to hold a vote later Saturday on possibly changing its rules to allow a bypass of its presidential nominating caucuses in 2020 and endorse Trump outright. But the president's primary opponents, who have struggled to gain traction, are crying foul, calling it part of a broader effort to rig the contest in Trump's favor.
It is not unprecedented for state Republicans or Democrats to decide not to hold a presidential primary when an incumbent is running essentially uncontested.
The shutdowns aren't without precedent.
Quoting "three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans", the paper said that South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas, which between them comprise around 7 percent of the overall delegate haul, will simply wave away political competition rather than let the likes of Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, and perhaps Mark Sanford take a David vs. Goliath swing at an incumbent president whose Gallup approval ratings among Republicans has been between 87 percent and 91 percent all year.
But when it has happened, it has usually been the case that the president was running without any major primary challengers.
The Trump campaign has not indicated the president would engage in primary debates.
Joe Walsh, the former IL congressman who recently announced a primary campaign against Trump, had even stronger words.
Joe Walsh, a one-term congressman from IL who last month announced plans to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination, said the potential moves were "wrong" and underscored that "Trump is afraid of a serious primary challenge, because he knows his support is very soft".
Unfortunately for Walsh, this is the way the cookie crumbles and most state party organizations will do whatever they can to support the incumbent. In the grand scheme, it's unlikely that the Trump campaign is afraid of a challenge, but they certainly don't want one or want to leave the door open to one.
The party says the decision will save taxpayers, who won't get the chance to participate in a GOP primary, $1.5 million.
Like Trump, Sanford has an imperfect record when it comes to scandal. "But I'm here to tell you now that I'm going to get in".
Kansas GOP Chairman Michael Kuckelman estimated it would cost his party $250,000 to hold the caucus, money he said could instead be used to win races.
Republicans have a registration advantage in the state's other 16 counties.
Trump aides have long said they aren't anxious about a primary challenge and laughed off his Republican challengers. It also did the same for former President Bill Clinton in 1996.
At stake were GOP primaries, caucuses or other voting in those states next year.
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