GOP Cancels Four Republican Primaries

Evan Vucci/AP

Evan Vucci/AP


We ran the numbers: There are 245 news articles covering this topic. 33% (80) are left leaning, 58% (141) center, 10% (24) right leaning.

This weekend, the GOP will be cancelling 2020 nominating primaries in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas. According to the Nevada Republican Party chairman, it would be a poor use of resources to hold a Republican primary when a Republican president is running for reelection, and it would be a better use of funds to “get all our candidates across the finish line instead.” There are two candidates, Joe Walsh and Bill Weld, who are running for the Republican nomination against Trump, but they have minimal support in the polls.

A centrist article from The Hill contextualizes the decision by noting that parties of the incumbent president have cancelled primaries in the past including in 1996 and 2012 when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, respectively, were running for reelection. The article adds that the move would “demonstrate President Trump's effort to shore up control over the GOP at the state level.” Many center-leaning articles emphasize that Trump’s primary challengers have expressed frustration at the cancellation of the primaries.

A left-leaning Politico article describes the move as the “latest illustration of the president's total takeover of the GOP apparatus.” The article suggests that the primaries are being cancelled in part to ensure that Trump would not have to face challenges or criticism from competitors. Walsh has called the decision “undemocratic.” 

A right-leaning article from Fox News focuses on Trump’s challengers’ anger at the cancellations. The article states “Such moves are sure to infuriate Trump’s long-shot party challengers, who say the local parties are trying to tip the race toward the president.” The article also notes that several strong Trump supporters in the early primary state of New Hampshire are proposing that the state cancel its primary as well, although party leaders in the state are opposed. New Hampshire is considered a state where Trump’s primary competitors could make a mark.