Michigan GOP Changes Primary Rules As Part Of Effort To Boost Trump In 2020

on March 4, 2016 in Warren, Michigan.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a rally on March 4, 2016 in Warren, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
September 16, 2019 11:45 a.m.

Michigan’s Republican Party is switching up the rules of its primary process to help President Donald Trump beat his GOP opponents.

Michigan GOP spokesperson Tony Zammit told MLive.com that under the new rule, primary candidates will receive delegates only if they reach 20 percent of the primary vote. In 2016, the requirement was 15 percent.

Zammit said the party’s rules “try to reflect the will of the voters.”

Unlike South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas, Michigan doesn’t allow parties to cancel their primaries outright. However, Michigan’s rule change marks yet another state GOP chapter changing its nomination process to protect Trump.

However, Iowa and New Hampshire have refused to cancel their caucuses and primaries for the upcoming election.

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