GOP state lawmakers condemn Trump-only MN primary ballot

The move by the state Republican party has proved controversial.
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Some prominent Minnesota Republicans are slamming the state GOP for closing off their primary to all but one candidate: President Donald Trump. 

The Minnesota Republican Party's 2020 presidential primary ballot, filed with the state late last month, lists only Trump and leaves no space for write-in candidates. 

That means none of the three Republicans who have announced a challenge to Trump – former Mass. Gov. William Weld, former U.S. Rep.-turned-conservative radio host Joe Walsh, and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford – can be selected by primary voters.

The three candidates published an opinion piece in the Washington Post, calling the Minnesota GOP's decision a "critical mistake," and saying "only the weak fear competition."

And a number of Republican office-holders in Minnesota agree with them. 

On Friday, state Senator Paul T. Anderson joined the condemnation with this tweet:

Jim Abeler, another Republican state senator, retweeted Anderson's comment, calling on Minnesota GOP Chair Jennifer Carnahan to "please rethink this":

Former state Rep. Dario Anselmo, who's running for a Hennepin County commissioner's seat, chimed in as well:

Minnesota is only one of a number of states where next year's Republican primaries have been effectively cancelled.

The Minnesota Republican primary will take place on March 3, 2020.

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