Judge rules South Carolina GOP can cancel its presidential primary in 2020

A judge in South Carolina has thrown out a lawsuit against the GOP for canceling the primary election in 2020 and ruled that the GOP has ever right to cancel it’s primary:

FOX NEWS – A county judge in South Carolina dismissed on Wednesday a lawsuit against the Palmetto State’s Republican Party over its decision to cancel a presidential primary next year.

Richland County Circuit Judge Jocelyn Newman’s ruling effectively seals the near unanimous vote earlier this year by the state GOP’s executive committee to forgo its “First in the South” primary status in 2020 — since President Trump is the Republican incumbent.

In her opinion, Newman wrote, the law “does not give Plaintiffs a legal right to a presidential preference primary, and the Court will not substitute its own judgment for that of the General Assembly or the SCGOP.”

Earlier this year, former South Carolina congressman Bob Inglis sued state Republicans, saying the party’s decision to skip a primary deprives him and others “of the ability to vote for the candidate of their choice in South Carolina’s famous (and particularly influential) ‘First in the South’ primary.”

South Carolina is among several states that have canceled Republican primaries and caucuses next year, an effort that helps Trump consolidate his support as Democrats work to winnow their large candidate field.



Fox News points out that it is not unusual for either party to cancel its primary when they have an incumbent candidate for president running:

In years past, both Republicans and Democrats have cut state nominating contests when an incumbent president from their party sought a second term. In 1984, South Carolina GOP leaders opted to call off their primary as President Ronald Reagan sought reelection. In 2004, the GOP again canceled the state’s primary, with leaders deciding instead to endorse President George W. Bush’s reelection.

The South Carolina Democratic Party didn’t hold presidential primaries in 1996 or in 2012, when Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were the incumbents.

So there you go. Looks like neither of the two anti-Trump musketeers, Weld and Walsh, will get anyone in South Carolina’s vote for president.

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