State Republican parties mull canceling primaries, caucuses

State Republican parties mull canceling primaries, caucuses
FILE - In a Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Charlotte, N.C. States are expected to begin canceling GOP presidential caucuses or primaries as part of the party’s effort to shut out the Trump primary challengers, one door at a time. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans in several states are set to decide whether they’ll cancel plans to hold presidential preference selections before the 2020 election. It wouldn’t be unusual move by the party of the White House incumbent seeking a second term.

In meetings Saturday, Republican parties in South Carolina, Kansas and Nevada are expected to debate canceling primaries, caucuses or other voting. Arizona is expected to make a decision later in the month.

Several challengers to President Donald Trump have emerged, including Bill Weld , a former Massachusetts governor, and Joe Walsh , a former Illinois congressman. Others may join them.

In years past, both Republicans and Democrats have scrapped state nominating contests when an incumbent president from their party ran for a second term.

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