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Trump wins GOP contests in Missouri and Michigan


Donald
Trump

drew
closer
to
the
Republican
presidential
nomination
on
Saturday,
winning
Missouri’s
contest
and
sweeping
the
Michigan
GOP’s
remaining
delegates
to
the
national
party
convention.

Michigan
Republican
officials
and
other
preselected
party
members
awarded
Trump
all
39
of
the
delegates
up
for
grabs
at
their
caucus
convention
in
Grand
Rapids.
The
former
president
also
won

most
of
the
16

delegates
that
were
allotted
based
on
Michigan’s
statewide
primary
earlier
in
the
week.

In

Missouri

and

Idaho
,
Republican
voters
across
the
state
also
made
their
selection
at
party-run
meetings
Saturday.
The
Associated
Press
projected
that
Trump
had
won
Missouri
but
has
yet
to
call
the
race
in
Idaho.



Missouri
Republican
presidential
caucus
results

Trump
has
won
every
state
contest
so
far
in
a
landslide
and
expects
to
clinch
the
nomination
by
mid-March.
But

Nikki
Haley
,
the
former
U.N.
ambassador
urging
her
party
to
move
on
from
the
former
president,
has
pledged
to
remain
in
the
race
at
least
through
Super
Tuesday
next
week,
when
15
states
will
vote
at
once
along
with
American
Samoa.
Haley
has
argued
that
voters
deserve
a
second
option
and
the
chance
to
make
their
voice
heard,
even
as
it
appears
unlikely
that
she
will
win
a
single
state.

Republicans
in
D.C.
are
also
holding
a
primary
from
Friday
through
Sunday
at
a
downtown
hotel.
The
city
backed
Sen.
Marco
Rubio
(R-Fla.)
over
Trump
in
2016
and
could
be
more
favorable
to
Haley.
And
North
Dakota
Republicans
will
hold
their
presidential
caucuses
Monday.



Tracking
the
2024
Republican
delegate
count

Trump
won
Michigan’s
primary
Tuesday
with
68
percent
to
Haley’s
27
percent,
and
Saturday’s
process
is
widely
seen
as
favorable
to
him
because
of
his
loyal
following
among
the
party’s
most
engaged
activists.

Michigan
Republicans
are
using
a

hybrid
system

because
the
state’s
Democratic-led
legislature
moved
up
its
primary
date
in
a
way
that
violated
RNC
rules,
prompting
state
and
national
GOP
officials
to
work
out
an
unusual
two-part
system.

Michigan’s
process
is
further
complicated
by
turmoil
at
the
state
party.
Party
officials

voted
to
oust

Kristina
Karamo
as
chair
at
a
January
meeting;
Karamo,
a
fervent
advocate
of
Trump’s
false
claims
to
victory
in
2020,
claimed
the
meeting
was
unauthorized
and
said
she
would
not
step
down.

Trump
and
the
national
GOP
recognized
the
new
chair,
former
congressman
Pete
Hoekstra,
who
is
overseeing
Saturday’s
caucus
convention
in
Grand
Rapids.
But
Karamo
planned
her
own
convention
in
Detroit,
which
the
state
party’s
website
and
social
media
accounts
promoted
up
until
a
last-minute
cancellation.
Some
local
Republicans
are
still
planning
to
hold
separate
gatherings,
according
to

the
Detroit
Free
Press.

The
Michigan
Court
of
Appeals
this
week

rejected

Karamo’s
bid
to
reinstate
herself.

“She
basically
has
no
standing
on
anything
to
do
anything,”
said
Saul
Anuzis,
a
former
Michigan
GOP
chairman.

Republicans
in
Idaho
and
Missouri
have
also
shifted
away
this
year
from
the
statewide
primary
system
favored
by
most
states,
creating
some
confusion.

Missouri’s
governor
and
legislature
canceled
the
state’s
primary
as
part
of
a
broader
2022

elections
bill

requiring
voters
to
show
photo
identification

then
never
rescheduled
it.
As
a
result,
the
Missouri
GOP
will
hold
caucus
meetings
at
a
specific
time

10
a.m.
local
time

for
registered
voters
who
state
their
“allegiance
to
the
Missouri
Republican
Party”
on
the
spot.

Idaho
leaders

canceled
their
primary

while
trying
to
save
the
state
money
and
hold
multiple
contests
on
the
same
date.
They
then
missed
the
deadline
to
reinstate
it,
despite
concerns
from
both
Republicans
and
Democrats
who
said
the
cancellation
was
an
oversight.
The
Idaho
GOP

had
urged

the
legislature
to
reinstate
the
primary
in
the
name
of
voter
access
and
portrayed
the
caucuses

which
require
voters
to
show
up
at
a
specific
time

as
a
backup
plan.

The
Idaho
caucuses
are
open
to
registered
Republicans,
a
contrast
to
some
other
contests
where
non-Republicans
have
been
able
to
vote
and
have
boosted
Haley.

While
there
is
little
suspense
about
who
will
win
Saturday,
the
contests
will
provide
more
gauges
of
Republicans’
feelings
about
Trump,
their
presumptive
nominee,
and
the
lingering
appetite
for
an
alternative.

Haley
has
been
racing
from
state
to
state
in
the
lead-up
to
Super
Tuesday.
On
Saturday,
she
and
Trump
will
both
hold
rallies
in
North
Carolina,
a
Super
Tuesday
state
where
early
voting
is
underway.
Trump
is
speaking
in
Greensboro;
Haley
is
speaking
in
Raleigh.


Azi
Paybarah
contributed
to
this
report.

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