South Carolina GOP may cancel presidential primary to protect Trump from embarrassment

The Republican Party of South Carolina looks to be seriously considering skipping their presidential primary altogether in 2020, out of fear that President Trump could have a competitive challenger and face embarrassment at the polls.
It’s rare but not entirely unprecedented for a sitting President to face a primary challenge from a member of his own party, but these certainly are unusual times. Outgoing Republican Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker as well as one-time Presidential content John Kasich have been vocal in their interest in Trump facing a primary challenge, although no one has yet stepped forward to run.
South Carolina’s primary is one of the most closely-watched on both sides of the aisle because of how early it falls in the primary schedule.
Drew McKissick, chair of the South Carolina GOP, made his backing for Trump abundantly clear, telling the Washington Examiner:

“We have complete autonomy and flexibility in either direction. Considering the fact that the entire party supports the president, we’ll end up doing what’s in the president’s best interest.”

Now, Trump has a huge and loyal base of supporters. It seems like a bit of a stretch to say the “entire party” supports him, especially when high-profile former elected officials and conservative judges are speaking out to raise concerns about Trump. But in the Palmetto State, surely, he has solid enough support that there’s no reason to squash a typical process.

What’s the South Carolina GOP so afraid of?

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