As the US Presidential Election season gets underway, Republican Primaries in four US states have been canceled. According to the report, the states of Arizona, South Carolina, Kansas, and Nevada have all cancelled their primaries.
In particular, Primaries serve as a democratic avenue for people to announce their intentions to run for office. Additionally, it also serves as the avenue for the party to nominate its presidential candidate. Therefore, canceling primaries in a certain State effectively silences the voices of the party members within that state. However, according to reports, canceling primaries during a president’s run for a second term is a practice that has been done several times over the past couple of years. In addition, the cancellation of this year’s Republican Primaries across these four states comes right after a newly published poll that showed that US President Trump enjoys an 88% approval rating from the Republicans.
Despite the high approval rating, US President continues to be a polarizing figure. Accordingly, three Republican contenders lambasted the undemocratic nixing of the Primaries in several states, they are:
- Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina (2003-2011)
- Joe Walsh, Illinois’ 8th District Representative (2011-2013); and
- Bill Weld, Governor of Massachusetts (1991-1997)
Cancellation of Republican Primaries cowardly
In a Washington Post publication, the three nominees took a swipe at the cancellation of Primaries. They mentioned that “Cowards run from fights, Warriors stand and fight for what they believe. The United States respects warriors. Only the weak fear competition.” This, in an apparent attack on US President Trump.
Apparently, both Republicans and Democrats are in on this practice. The State of Carolina has actually done the nixing in between incumbent elections four times over the past four decades. The State nixed its Republican primaries during the re-election bids of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Likewise, it nixed its Democratic Primaries in 1996 and 2012, when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were running for their second terms.