South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas Republican are reportedly preparing to cancel their 2020 Republican presidential primaries and caucuses to thwart the long-shot hopes of President Donald Trump’s GOP challengers, Politico reported, citing three sources.
The report comes as Trump faces two primary challenges from former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.
Presidents Gerald Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George H.W. Bush in 1992 all faced challengers within their own parties and went on to lose the general election.
In statements given to Politico by the Trump 2020 campaign, state party officials in Kansas and Nevada suggested that they were pursuing such a move to save costs and use the money for other races.
“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,” Nevada Republican Party Chairman Michael McDonald said, referring to next year’s Republican National Convention. “We should be spending those funds to get all our candidates across the finish line instead.”
Kansas GOP Chairman Michael Kuckelman said that his party would have to spend an estimated $250,000 to hold their caucuses.
New York magazine had first reported earlier this year that GOP officials in South Carolina were weighing whether to cancel the primary there to bolster Trump’s support among Republicans.