The Charleston Post & Courier reports:
The South Carolina Republican Party executive committee voted almost unanimously Saturday to forgo their GOP presidential primary next year, clearing the way for President Donald Trump to receive all of the state’s nominating delegates without contest.
With his enduring popularity among South Carolina Republicans, Trump’s bid to become the state’s GOP nominee for the second time was never particularly in doubt.
But the long-expected move to skip the primary will prevent any of Trump’s GOP challengers from even competing in South Carolina, including the state’s own former governor and congressman, Mark Sanford, who has continued to consider a potential long-shot campaign.
GOP committees in at least three other states are expected to also cancel their primaries.