Michigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot

Michigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot
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The Michigan Republican Party submitted a list of candidates Tuesday in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE is the only GOP candidate set to appear on the primary ballot on March 10.

The Detroit Free Press reports the list containing only Trump may not be final, as Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) has a different list of potential GOP candidates.

Benson’s list of presidential primary candidates, released last week, consists of Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Mark SanfordMark SanfordTrump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries Boston Globe endorses Trump's GOP challenger Bill Weld Trump challenger Bill Weld rules out 2020 independent bid MORE, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldTrump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries Trump sweeps through mini-Super Tuesday primaries Trump glides to victory in Super Tuesday GOP primaries MORE, and former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshTrump becomes presumptive GOP nominee after sweeping primaries Trump sweeps through mini-Super Tuesday primaries Trump glides to victory in Super Tuesday GOP primaries MORE (Ill.). Sanford announced on Tuesday that he was dropping out of the race.

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The Michigan GOP, however, is asking Benson to take up their list, saying that Trump is the only "legitimate candidate" in the GOP field, according to the news outlet.

"If other candidates want to get on the ballot, they should do a show of strength and get their nominating petitions," Tony Zammit, spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party, told the Free Press. "We're recommending that [Benson] approve only Trump for the Republican ballot."

The candidates who appeared on both Benson’s list and the Michigan Republican Party’s list qualify to appear on the GOP primary ballot in the state, so it is unlikely Trump will run uncontested, the news outlet notes.

Laura Cox, chairwoman of the Michigan GOP, said Trump’s campaign was the only among Republican candidates that contacted her office about appearing on the ballot.

Several other states have moved forward in having Trump be the only Republican candidate on their respective ballots. Candidates challenging Trump for the GOP nomination have decried state parties who they allege are subverting the democratic process by closing off access to the primary ballot.

Michigan is widely considered a swing state in the upcoming election after Trump bested Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE by just over 10,000 votes in 2016.