GOP state lawmakers condemn Trump-only MN primary ballot

The move by the state Republican party has proved controversial.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves-Grizzlies game off, KAT tests postive for COVID

The Timberwolves star was among several players that are dealing with COVID-related issues.

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.

Sars-Cov-2

Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.

Related

Minnesota will be one of the states voting on Super Tuesday 2020

We were officially added to the big lineup on Friday.

MN Supreme Court rejects voter's effort to change GOP ballot

The Lake Elmo Republican had sued because President Trump is the only name on the ballot.

Elizabeth Warren the early favorite in 2020 MN primary poll

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who represents Minnesota, came in fourth.

President Trump tweets support of MN House candidate

The Republican is running to keep her seat in the state legislature.

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 7.01.24 AM

MN GOP primary voters have choice of Donald Trump, Donald T, and D. Trump

No challengers or write-in option will be listed on the ballot.

voting

Minnesota waives requirement for absentee ballot witnesses in primary

The Minnesota SOS has waived the witness requirement and will count ballots postmarked received 2 days after the primary.

GOP State Fair booth

MN GOP: Republican volunteer groped at State Fair booth

Police are looking into the alleged groping at the Republican Party's booth.