Several states have decided against holding GOP primaries in the 2020 election. South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas have all decided that funds for GOP primaries in those states would be best directed to other ends. Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald defended his state’s decision. “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,” he said.

The move is not unprecedented. Parties often opt to scrap state primaries in elections with an incumbent. In 2012, many states, including Arizona and Kansas, decided not to hold Democratic party primaries, as there was no serious competition to Obama’s nomination.

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh has launched a campaign to challenge Trump for the party’s nomination. In his view, canceling primaries is a way for the party establishment to squelch any opposition to the president.

“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,” he said.

He has no intention of giving up, however. “Primary elections are important, competition within parties is good, and we intend to be on the ballot in every single state no matter what the RNC and Trump allies try to do,” declared Walsh, adding, “We also intend to loudly call out this undemocratic bull on a regular basis.”

Bill Weld, the former Massachusetts governor and 2020 Republican primary candidate, also criticized to move. “We don’t elect presidents by acclamation in America. Donald Trump is doing his best to make the Republican Party his own personal club. Republicans deserve better.”  

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