2020 Republican Party presidential primaries

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2020 Republican Party presidential primaries

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2,552[a] delegate votes (2,442 pledged and 110 unpledged) to the Republican National Convention[1]
1,276[1] delegates votes needed to win
Candidate Donald Trump Bill Weld
Joe Walsh
Home state Florida[2] Massachusetts Illinois
Delegate count 1,797[b][c] 1[b] 0[b]
Contests won 33[b][c] 0 0
Popular vote 13,682,123 286,564 169,713
Percentage 94.14% 1.97% 1.17%

Candidate Rocky De La Fuente
Home state California
Delegate count 0[b]
Contests won 0
Popular vote 73,119
Percentage 0.50%

First place by first-instance vote

Previous Republican nominee

Donald Trump

Republican nominee

Donald Trump

The 2020 Republican Party presidential primaries and caucuses were a series of elections which took place in many U.S. state's, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. These elections selected the 2,550 delegates to send to the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Convention selected the Republican Party's nominee in the 2020 election.

On March 17, Donald Trump won more than half of the delegates for the election and became the presumptive nominee.[5] Later, on August 24, the delegates voted for Trump as the official nominee.[6]

Background[change | change source]

Donald Trump launched his bid for re-election on February 18, 2017. Other candidates who ran were Bill Weld, Joe Walsh,and Mark Sanford. Mark Sandord launched the third primary challenge on September 8, 2019 and withdrew from the race two months later.

In February 2019, the Republican National Committee voted to provide undivided support to Trump.[7][8] Seven states have decided to cancel their primaries and caucuses.[9]

Candidates[change | change source]

Nominee[change | change source]

Republican Party (United States)
Republican Party (United States)
2020 Republican Party ticket
Donald Trump Mike Pence
for President for Vice President
President of the United States
Vice President of the United States

Other candidates[change | change source]

Candidates in this section are sorted by state ballot access
Bill Weld Joe Walsh Rocky De La Fuente Zoltan Istvan Mark Sanford
2016 Libertarian vice presidential nominee
68th Governor of Massachusetts
U.S. Representative from Illinois
Reform nominee for President in 2016
Transhumanist U.S. Representative from South Carolina
(1995–2001, 2013–2019)
68th Governor

FEC filing[10]

FEC filing[11]

FEC filing[12]
FEC filing[13]
FEC filing[14]
Exploratory Committee: February 15, 2019
Announced: April 15, 2019
Suspended: March 18, 2020
Announced: August 25, 2019
Suspended: February 7, 2020
Endorsed Joe Biden (Democrat)[15]
Announced: May 16, 2019 Announced: November 18, 2019
Suspended: March 12, 2020
Announced: September 8, 2019
Suspended: November 12, 2019
1 delegate
286,564 votes (1.97%)
169,713 votes (1.17%) 73,119 votes (0.50%) 14,291 votes (0.10%) 4,258 votes (0.03%)
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Convention site[change | change source]

On July 20, 2018, the Republican National Convention chose Charlotte, North Carolina as the site for their 2020 national convention. The convention will be held between August 24 to August 27.[25]

Convention site[change | change source]

On July 20, 2018, the Republican National Convention chose Charlotte, North Carolina as the site for their 2020 national convention. The convention will be held between August 24 to August 27.[25]

Timeline[change | change source]

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Active campaign Exploratory committee Withdrawn candidate
Midterm elections Iowa caucuses Super Tuesday Republican convention

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The overall number of pledged delegates is subject to change, as possible penalty/bonus delegates (awarded for each states' scheduled election date and state party gains/losses in the 2019 elections) are also not yet included.[1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Because Trump was the only candidate to declare for its ballot by the deadline, the Hawaii Republican Party automatically awarded its national pledged delegates to him on December 11, 2019.[3]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kansas' state committee, at the state convention, passed a resolution binding its delegates to Trump on Feb. 1, 2020.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The Green Papers". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  2. "Trump, a symbol of New York, is officially a Floridian now". Politico. October 31, 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  3. Klar, Rebecca (December 12, 2019). "Hawaii GOP cancels presidential preference poll, commits delegates to Trump". The Hill.
  4. @KansasGOP (September 6, 2019). "Information on the Kansas Republican Party's national convention delegate selection plan. #ksleg" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. Borenstein, Seth; Colvin, Jill (March 17, 2020). "Trump clinches GOP nomination with Tuesday primary wins". MSN News. Associated Press. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  6. "Trump officially becomes Republican nominee after delegates' roll call". NBC News. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  7. Miller, Zeke (January 23, 2019). "Republican Party to Express 'Undivided Support' for Trump". Associated Press. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  8. "RNC pledges support for Trump 2020; state leaders consider canceling caucuses". ABC News.
  9. Kinnard, Meg (September 7, 2019). "Nevada, SC, Kansas GOP drop presidential nomination votes". AP NEWS.
  10. "Statement of Candidacy" (PDF). docquery.fec.gov. 2019.
  11. "Former Rep. Joe Walsh enters race as Trump challenger". Fox News. 26 August 2019.
  12. "Statement of Candidacy" (PDF). docquery.fec.gov. 2019.
  13. "Candidates". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  14. "Statement of Candidacy by Mark Sanford". Federal Election Commission. September 8, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  15. Siu, Benjamin; King, Lauren (March 18, 2019). "Biden Projected to Win Arizona, Florida and Illinois Democratic Primaries". ABC News. Retrieved March 18, 2019. Former long-shot Trump challenger and one-time Republican congressman Joe Walsh announced on Twitter Tuesday he voted for a Democrat for the first time for president, casting his ballot for Joe Biden. Walsh's home state of Illinois is voting today.
  16. Brusk, Steve (15 April 2019). "Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  17. "Weld drops out of GOP primary". The Hill. March 19, 2020.
  18. Davies, Tom (August 25, 2019). "Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh making longshot GOP challenge to Trump". Associated Press. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  19. Stracqualursi, Veronica (7 February 2020). "Joe Walsh ends Republican primary challenge against Trump". CNN. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  20. "De La Fuente, Roque Rocky". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  21. Mack, Eric (November 18, 2019). "Zoltan Istvan, a leader of the transhumanist movement to merge humans with technology, is challenging Trump with a plan for America that's beyond radical". Cnet. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  22. "Friends, the time has come to end my 2020 US Presidential campaign, which I'm doing today. We made both a good effort and solid progress in trying to spread foward-thinking ideas like #transhumanism, #BasicIncome, and the future of work. I have some new projects on the horizon I'm excited to soon share with you. I want to thank everyone who voted for me and helped push this campaign forward. Thank you!! (Picture of my daughter & I) #UpgradingAmerica". Facebook. March 12, 2020.
  23. Steakin, Will; Lynn, Samara (September 8, 2019). "Mark Sanford announces he will challenge President Trump in 2020 GOP primary". ABC News. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  24. Caitlin Byrd (November 12, 2019). "Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford has dropped out of presidential race". The Post and Courier. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  25. 25.0 25.1 John Bowden (November 2, 2018). "White House official expected to depart, head up 2020 GOP convention". The Hill. Retrieved July 12, 2019.