Four states across the nation are planning to cancel the presidential primary contests for the Republican Party over the weekend, in a move that primary challengers to President Donald Trump are calling unfair.
South Carolina, Nevada, Kansas, and Arizona are among the states planning to cancel completely their GOP nomination contests, Talking Points Memo reported.
The move could have a substantial impact on the race, as South Carolina is the third primary in the nation to traditionally happen, while Nevada is the fourth. According to data gathered by Morning Consult, Trump’s approval rating within the latter state sits at -14 at this present time, which might have been the Republican opponents of the president’s best shot at challenging him early on in the set of contests.
Former Rep. Joe Walsh, who is running for president against Trump in the GOP primaries, expressed disdain at the planned decisions of those four states, Politico reported.
“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 difficult for primary challengers to get on the ballot in a number of states,” Walsh said. “It’s wrong, the RNC should be ashamed of itself, and I think it does show that Trump is afraid of a serious primary challenge because he knows his support is very soft.”
Another GOP opponent to Trump, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, also expressed concerns.
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“We don’t elect presidents by acclamation in America,” Weld said. “Donald Trump is doing his best to make the Republican Party his own personal club. Republicans deserve better.”
The moves appear to be a direct attempt by some party leaders to help the president. Earlier in the year, South Carolina Republican Party chairman Drew McKissick explained his party’s rationale in considering ending its primary contest, detailed in a report from the Washington Examiner.
“Considering the fact that the entire party supports the president, we’ll end up doing what’s in the president’s best interest,” McKissick said in January.
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