Bill Weld secures one Iowa delegate in longshot primary challenge to Trump

Bill Weld secures one Iowa delegate in longshot primary challenge to Trump
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE handily won the 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses last week, but his last remaining GOP primary challenger will receive a single delegate from the contests.

ABC News reported Monday that data tabulated by the Iowa Republican Party indicated that former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldRalph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads Biden picks up endorsements from nearly 100 Republicans MORE will receive one statewide delegate from the caucuses, while the president will get the other 39.

Former Illinois Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshSunday shows preview: Protests continue over shooting of Blake; coronavirus legislation talks remain at impasse Republicans officially renominate Trump for president Tucker Carlson responds to guest correcting pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name: 'So what?' MORE (R), who dropped out of the race on Friday, did not perform well enough in the caucuses a week ago to win any delegates, according to the party, and no other candidate received more than 1 percent of the overall vote.


A spokesperson for the Trump campaign touted the president's performance in the caucuses in a statement to ABC, while the Weld campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

"There is unprecedented support for President Trump among Republicans and he set a record for votes and vote percentage in the Iowa GOP caucuses," communications director Tim Murtaugh said.

"President Trump enjoys unprecedented support among Republicans, as evidenced by the turnout record he set in the Iowa Caucus. He has already delivered a long list of incredible accomplishments for conservatives and the country. If there was grassroots support for a primary challenger then one would have caught on by now," added a Republican National Committee official, according to ABC. "Obviously there is not."

Trump is considered a lock to nominated for reelection, with many states' Republican parties not even putting Weld on their primary ballots. 

On the Democratic side, the Iowa caucuses were a disaster, marred by delays, voting inconsistencies and a troublesome reporting app. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence MORE (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq A socially and environmentally just way to fight climate change MORE have both requested a partial recanvas of the state after the most recent results showed the latter with a narrow lead in the delegate count and trailing in the popular vote.