Dec 12, 2019

Read: Judge rules South Carolina GOP can cancel its 2020 primary

President Trump speaks during an October campaign rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Photo: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday to rule in favor of the South Carolina Republican Party's decision not to hold a 2020 presidential primary, the Post and Courier first reported.

The big picture: In a show of support for President Trump, the South Carolina GOP voted in September to cancel its 2020 presidential primary. The Republican parties of Alaska, Nevada, Kansas and Arizona voted for the same action that month.

  • Trump has a near-90% approval rating within the GOP. But he faces challenges for the party's nomination from former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Joe Walsh, who's called the states' decision to cancel the primaries "undemocratic bulls--t."

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Go deeper: Trump challenger Joe Walsh: Canceling GOP primaries is undemocratic

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Trump rallies Michigan supporters minutes into his impeachment

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President Trump called his impeachment a "political suicide march for the Democratic Party" as the House of Representatives cast two fateful votes Wednesday night.

The big picture: Trump became America's third president to be impeached after the House voted on charges of abuse of power and obstruction. But supporters remained unfazed at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, showing up through slushy snow wearing MAGA hats and "deplorables" gear to get a look at the president.

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Jeff Flake urges former GOP colleagues to "put country over party" in impeachment

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Jeff Flake urged his former GOP colleagues to "put country over party," as the chamber prepares for President Trump's impeachment trial, the ex-Arizona senator wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

What he's saying: Flake writes that some Republicans may conclude that Trump's action warrant removal from office, while others will believe the president's misdeeds don't rise to the level of impeachment. "But what is indefensible is echoing House Republicans who say that the president has not done anything wrong. He has."

Go deeperArrowDec 21, 2019

AOC: "In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party"

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told New York Magazine that "in any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party."

Why it matters: Her statement is reflective of the widening split between moderates and progressives in the Democratic Party as the 2020 presidential campaign begins to heat up. "Democrats can be too big of a tent," she said.

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