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.