Former Rep. Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in GOP primary

Mark Sanford

"That has not been a topic of discussion here", Hupfer said.

"Primary elections are important, competition within parties is good, and we intend to be on the ballot in every single state no matter what the RNC and Trump allies try to do", he added.

"Trump and his allies and the Republican National Committee are doing whatever they can do to eliminate primaries in certain states and make it very hard for primary challengers to get on the ballot in a number of states", said former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who recently launched his primary campaign against the president.

What is different in this election, however, is that a number of Republicans have expressed interest in challenging Trump.

Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld and former U.S. Representative from Illinois Joe Walsh have also launched long-shot campaigns, but neither candidate has gained traction. Trump, is running for reelection, and anything short of impeachment or truly abysmal poll numbers within his own party isn't enough for another GOP candidate to run a serious primary challenge.

When asked by reporters whether that meant the Trump children would run for office in the future, Parscale answered vaguely, the Associated Press reports .

Parscale acknowledged that California was "not a swing state" and said it would be the president's decision whether to campaign in the Democratic stronghold or not.

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Like Trump, Sanford has an imperfect record when it comes to scandal.

McDonald, who has served as state GOP chairman since 2012, easily won a three-way race with 57% of the vote to win a fifth term.

"I just got through watching two Democratic debates that offered little more than a long laundry list of new political promises that we can't afford", Sanford said. In Kansas, the Republican Party's state committee was expected to approve rules Saturday for an "internal party process" for selecting delegates to the national convention without caucuses, according to Kelly Arnold, the party's former state chairman, and Helen Van Etten, a member of the Republican National Committee from Topeka. In South Carolina, a key early primary state, Republicans chose to nix their presidential primaries in 1984 and 2004, when Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were up for their second terms; while state Democrats skipped their contests in 1996 and 2012, with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama running for reelection, respectively.

Still, there could be room for embarrassment in other states that don't choose to cancel their Republican primary in 2020.

Weld and California businessman Rocky De La Fuente have said they will challenge the incumbent president for the Republican nomination.

The bottom line is that if you're a Republican primary voter banking on registering your personal opposition to Donald Trump in a 2020 primary, don't assume your state will actually be holding one. It also did the same for former President Bill Clinton in 1996.

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