Trump primary challengers left off Wisconsin ballot

Trump primary challengers left off Wisconsin ballot
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE’s primary challengers in the 2020 race have been left off the Wisconsin ballot after the state’s Republican Party submitted only his name.

A committee made up of Republicans and Democrats met with state election officials to determine who will appear on the April 7 primary ballot, The Associated Press reported.

Republican committee members submitted only the president’s name, and he was supported unanimously, leaving out former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won't campaign or raise money The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party MORE and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshBottom line ABC's Whoopi Goldberg to headline Biden fundraiser with Sen. Tammy Duckworth Trump shares video of protesters confronting reporter: 'FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL' MORE (Ill.), his GOP challengers. 


Weld and Walsh could still appear on the primary ballot if they obtain 8,000 signatures by Jan. 28, according to the news wire. 

Andrew Hitt, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, said they decided not to submit the other GOP candidates’ names because of their lack of activity in the state, their lack of success in making it on other state ballots and their lack of communication, as they didn’t contact the state’s party until Monday. The Trump campaign, on the other hand, has been working with the party, Hitt said, according to the AP.

Weld took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the Wisconsin GOP’s decision, calling it “shameful” and “not how a democracy works.”


Walsh campaign spokesperson Charles Siler told The Hill that the campaign is "incredibly angry" over the decision, saying it disenfranchises Republican voters.

"I would just say this kind of disenfranchisement is unprecedented as so many things are in the Trump presidency," he said.

The Democrats on the committee put 14 candidates, who were all unanimously approved, on the ballot. These candidates included former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' Biden lets Trump be Trump MORE, former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic Biden lets Trump be Trump Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response State election officials warn budget cuts could lead to November chaos Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Minn.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.).

Weld and Walsh have struggled to make the initial ballots in several states, including Minnesota and Georgia, and other states such as Hawaii and South Carolina canceled their GOP primaries.