Sep 10, 2019

Trump challenger Joe Walsh: Canceling GOP primaries is undemocratic

Joe Walsh at a news conference. Photo: Bill Clark/Roll Call

Presidential candidate Joe Walsh told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" Monday the decision by several states to cancel Republican primaries is "undemocratic bulls--t."

The big picture: The Republican parties in the key early nominating states of Nevada and South Carolina voted over the weekend not to hold contests, as did Kansas and Arizona, per NBC News.

  • Trump has a near-90% approval rating within the Republican Party, but he faces challenges for the party's nomination from Walsh, former congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.

Go deeper: Trump challenger Joe Walsh has an inflammatory record of his own

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that Walsh said "undemocratic" in his quote.

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Alaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary in support of Trump

President Trump during a news conference in the White House Friday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Alaska Republican Party has become the latest state GOP to cancel its 2020 presidential primary in a show of support for President Trump, the Anchorage Daily News first reported Saturday.

The big picture: The Republican parties in the key early nominating states of Nevada and South Carolina voted this month not to hold contests, as did Kansas and Arizona.

  • Trump has a near-90% approval rating within the GOP. But he faces challenges for the party's nomination from former congressman Joe Walsh, ex-Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.
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Podcast: Joe Walsh and the GOP presidential undercard

Dan speaks with Republican presidential candidate Joe Walsh about canceled GOP primaries, his racist tweets, and what caused him to break with Trump.

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Joe Walsh on the issues, in under 500 words

Joe Walsh holds a news conference after his election to Congress in November 2010. Photo: Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Editor's Note: Walsh dropped out of the race on Feb. 7, 2020. Below is our original article on his candidacy. He is the second Republican to drop his challenge.

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, who claimed he "helped create Trump" while announcing his candidacy in late August, is 1 of 3 long-shot Republicans running against the president for 2020. Walsh is pro-impeachment, but his previous support for Trump could complicate his popularity among "Never Trump" Republicans.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Feb 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy