WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 25: U.S. President Donald Trump steps out of the Oval Office before posing for photographs with Conan, the U.S. military K9 that assisted in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on the Rose Garden colonnade at the White House November 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about how the dog was a hero and said he presented the animal with a medal and a plaque. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Why Trump will be the only name on GOP prez ballot in Georgia

State Democrats unveil 18 candidates on their ballot

Exactly one name will be on the Republican presidential primary ballot on March 24: That of incumbent Donald Trump. 

The Georgia GOP has joined several other state party organizations that have barred all other candidates.

Georgia officials announced Monday that the party’s executive committee had considered requests from Trump and four other candidates -- President R19 Boddie, Rocky Da Le Fuente, former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld -- before unanimously deciding to omit all but the president.

Georgia GOP chair David Shafer said in a statement that Trump was the only candidate “with any significant level of support among Republican voters in Georgia who ‘unambiguously’ pledged to support the Republican nominee for president.” 

(That’s a pledge Trump himself famously didn’t make in 2016.)

Walsh accused the Georgia GOP of “calcifying around a cancerous criminal.”

“Rather than uphold our values and embrace healthy political debate and discourse, the Georgia Republican Party bosses have chosen to disenfranchise their own voters simply to protect a man who is unfit for office,” he said.

And Weld blasted the party’s decision in a Tweet late Monday: 

“Apparently @realDonaldTrump’s bromance with Putin extends to emulating the Russian’s approach to elections. The #GAGOP just decided the Georgia Republican Presidential Primary ballot will have only one candidate on it: Donald Trump. What is DJT afraid of?”

State Democrats, too, announced the 18 candidates who will be featured on the primary ballot. 

The list includes the two newest candidates - former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. 

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a former Navy admiral, also made the list even though they both dropped out of the race this week. 

The full list is below: 

Michael Bennet 

Joseph R. Biden 

Michael R. Bloomberg

Cory Booker

Steve Bullock

Pete Buttigieg 

Julián Castro

John K. Delaney

Tulsi Gabbard

Kamala Harris

Amy Klobuchar

Deval Patrick

Bernie Sanders

Joe Sestak

Tom Steyer

Elizabeth Warren

Marianne Williamson

Andrew Yang 

Insider’s note: This item was ripped and expanded from the Morning Jolt. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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