It may seem a little bit strange, but it’s actually quite possible that depending on where you live, you may not get the chance to vote for Donald Trump. Well, okay, let me clarify that. You may not get the chance to vote for Donald Trump in a Republican primary. That’s because an increasing number of states, (now up to four) have decided that they are going to cancel their state’s primary. It has to do with the fact that the Republican party in those states are going to give their delegates to the Republican convention to Trump.
Now, that has William Weld, Joe Walsh, and Mark Sanford of South Carolina, rather upset. The problem is that they don’t feel they are going to get a fair shot at unseating the president as the nominee. But when there is upwards of 88% in favor of Donald Trump in each of the four states, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina, and the fact that the states’ Republican party, can all save upwards of $150,000 by not holding the primary.
Most of the time, when there is a sitting president running for reelection, the party of that president will go ahead and run their primary anyway. But in this day and age, for whatever reason, there seems to be a change in way states want to run things. Is that bad? Well, if there were some sort of indication that a primary, even in states like Massachusetts where a former Governor is running, or in South Carolina where Sanford has yet to announce due to hurricane Dorian, but will very soon, or in Illinois, the home of former representative Joe Walsh (no relation to the Eagles’ guitarist), would actually have a shot to at least make the primary competitive, I’m sure the states would go forward with it. But when 88% or more of the voters favor reelecting the president, it seems to be a waste of money and manpower.
In this sense, and being from one of the four states that will be foregoing the primary, I can tell you that if it’s a foregone conclusion, it seems rather ludicrous to go through with it. That is even more accented if the states subscribe to a “winner take all” format. Arizona has the “winner take all” format regardless of whether the winner reaches the 50% threshold. Nevada has a limited “winner take all” format, that grants all of it’s delegates to the winner if it’s a blow out.
Overall, it makes sense that if Donald Trump is going to be the party’s nominee anyway, it be easier to let him have an easy path to the nomination.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!