You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes — well, you might find you get what you need.
The Rolling Stones’ classic refrain echoed in New Hampshire last week after a speech by President Donald Trump. “Whether you love me or hate me, you have to vote for me,” the president told constituents at the event. Citing a strong economy and dire warnings that Americans’ retirement benefits would suffer should he lose in the 2020 election, Trump bookended his speech with one final message to Republicans: “You have no choice.”
And according to Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward, of Lake Havasu City, the state doesn’t need any other choice.
Ward issued a public statement Tuesday in support of the president, encouraging Arizona Republicans to forego a 2020 Presidential Preference Election to give Trump the state GOP’s presidential nomination by default.
“Republicans and Democrats alike have opted out of the PPE in previous election cycles,” Ward said Friday. “Democrats did so in 1996 with then-incumbent President Bill Clinton, and again in 2012 when President Obama was in office. Republicans opted out in 2004 when President Bush was up for reelection. This is nothing new, despite the media’s inauthentic attempt to portray it as such.”
In 2016 Republican Primaries, Arizona voters elected Trump as their nominee with almost 46% of the vote. Trump later defeated Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton with 49% of the vote, to Clinton’s 45.5%.
In Mohave County, 73% of voters favored Trump in the 2016 General Election.
Only four of Arizona’s 15 counties voted in favor of Democratic candidates during the last election cycle.