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GOP state lawmakers condemn Trump-only MN primary ballot

The move by the state Republican party has proved controversial.

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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