Minnesota Republicans voting in next year's primaries will have one choice for who should stand in the presidential election: Donald Trump.
The Republican Party of Minnesota has sent its "determination of candidates" for the March 3 primary, with the president the only name on the list.
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.
What's more, the party has also not requested that space be left for write-in candidates, per a scan of the determination of candidates provided to BMTN by the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.
In a statement from Republican Party of Minnesota chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, she said it was her job to deliver Minnesota's electoral votes to the president on election day.
"President Trump is extremely popular in Minnesota and my job as Chairwoman is to make sure we deliver our 10 electoral votes to the President on November 3, 2020," she said.
"President Trump's campaign has been working with the Republican Party of Minnesota regarding the upcoming ballot for months. As of the filing, no other Presidential candidates have reached out to the MNGOP."
Under Minnesota law, parties are responsible for deciding which names appear on primary ballots, though the Minnesota GOP has issued its candidate list well in advance of the Dec. 31 deadline.
The Minnesota GOP has shown strong support of the president since his election to office, with Carnahan among several state Republicans who attended his rally in Minneapolis on Oct. 10, with others including Reps. Tom Emmer, Jim Hagedorn, and Pete Stauber, former Rep. Jason Lewis, and former AG candidate Doug Wardlow.
The Star Tribune spoke to the campaign of two of Trump's primary challengers on Thursday, with Mark Sanford likening the Minnesota GOP's actions to North Korea or the Soviet Union "in terms of voter access," while a spokeswoman for Walsh's campaign said it shows the "cult of personality" the president has over state party leaders.
Democratic supporters meanwhile will likely have several candidates to choose from given that more than a dozen are still in the running for the nomination as of now.
This will be the first time Minnesotans will choose their candidates via a primary vote, with the state having brought an end to the caucus system after 2016. Minnesota is one of 14 states that will pick its candidate on "Super Tuesday," Mar. 3, 2020.