A campaign spokesman for President Trump’s reelection effort says cancellation of several Republican primaries and caucuses is following precedent from other Republicans seeking reelection, rather than a ploy to quash growing political threats from GOP rivals.
Marc Lotter, Trump 2020 director of strategic communications, said on SiriusXM Patriot’s The David Webb Show the now-canceled contests in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina are above-board efforts to save state parties money. That’s a markedly different interpretation from Trump’s main primary rivals — former South Carolina Governor and Rep. Mark Sanford, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, and former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois — who say the moves are meant to rig the primary season in the president’s favor, quashing dissent and eliminating voter choice.
Lotter cited President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection bid, when the Democrat won renomination without notable challenge, and Republican President George W. Bush in 2004, who also had a clear path to his party’s nomination.