Colorado GOP Could Cancel Primary Over Recent Trump Decision

Republicans across Colorado and beyond have offered varying statements of disapproval in the wake of that state’s Supreme Court decision to strip former President Donald Trump’s name from the upcoming primary ballot over claims that he violated the Constitution’s 14th Amendment and is thus disqualified from seeking another term in the White House.

For its part, the Colorado Republican Party indicated that it would be willing to reconfigure its primary race to a “pure caucus system” to bypass the Supreme Court ruling if it is not overturned on appeal.

The statement came in response to a social media post from candidate Vivek Ramaswamy that he would withdraw from the state’s primary ballot if Trump’s name is not included.

“You won’t have to because we will withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand,” the state GOP wrote.

The 4-3 state Supreme Court decision includes a stay until Jan. 4, which is one day before the secretary of state’s certification deadline.

“If review is sought in the Supreme Court before the stay expires, it shall remain in place, and the Secretary will continue to be required to include President Trump’s name on the 2024 presidential primary ballot until the receipt of any order or mandate from the Supreme Court,” the order states.

A spokesperson for Colorado Secretary of State Jack Todd revealed that any effort by Republican Party officials to reconfigure the scheduled primary would likely trigger even more judicial interference.

“Colorado law does not allow a presidential primary election to be cancelled at the request of a political party,” the statement asserted. “If the Colorado Republican Party attempts to withdraw from the presidential primary or ignore the results of the election, this would likely be a matter for the courts.”

Nevertheless, Colorado GOP Chairman Dave Williams said the organization is prepared to approach the Republican National Committee for a waiver if the appeals process does not play out in the party’s favor.

“We’re at the mercy of the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We’re not sure what their timing is going to be. We’re figuring it out as we go. But we’ll make our preparations to convert to a caucus while this is all playing out.”