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“Roughly one in five Republican voters in Maine’s largest towns left President Trump’s oval blank or wrote in another name during Tuesday’s presidential primary,” the Portland Press Herald reports. “Unlike Democratic voters in Maine, who could choose among 12 candidates listed on the ballot, Maine Republicans had only one official option for their party’s nominee during the Super Tuesday primary: Donald Trump.”
“If I win the New Hampshire primary, all bets are off. That would ordinarily be fatal for a sitting president.”
— Former Gov. Bill Weld (R), in an interview with The Hill.
A new Economist-YouGov Poll finds President Trump with the support of 86% of Republican primary or caucus voters, followed by William Weld at 5%, Mark Sanford at 2% and Joe Walsh at 1%. The poll also found that 85% of Republican respondents viewed Trump favorably while just 12% viewed him unfavorably.
“The saying ‘may the best man win’ is a quintessential value that the Republican Party must honor if we are to command the respect of the American people. Cowards run from fights.”
— Mark Sanford, Joe Walsh, and Bill Weld, writing in the Washington Post that the Republican Party has “taken a wrong turn” in canceling primaries.
“He’s unqualified, he’s unfit, he’s a child, he’s reckless, he’s erratic, he’s a narcissist, he’s mean, he’s cruel, he lies every time he opens his mouth.”
— Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R), in an interview on Morning Joe, on why he’s challenging President Trump in a Republican presidential primary.
“I celebrate that America has always been a melting pot. It seems he would prefer an Aryan nation.”
— President Trump’s lone Republican primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, ratcheting up his attacks on the president, ABC News reports.