At rally, Trump paints bleak picture of Democratic control

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Washington (CNN)Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who announced this weekend that he will launch a longshot primary bid for the 2020 Republican nomination, argued Monday that the growing field of Republicans challenging President Donald Trump strengthens their anti-Trump message.

"I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in", Sanford said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday".

A spokesman for the South Carolina Republican Party, Joe Jackson, confirmed that the state party voted Saturday against holding a presidential primary next year. It does not include the city of Charlotte, but it does include a lot of Charlotte suburbs, which is a big deal because it was in the suburbs of big cities where the election was won and lost for Republicans a year ago.

Democrats, meanwhile, hope a win in the traditionally Republican suburbs here will not only help protect their majority, but energize the party heading into next year's presidential election.

Trump has shown little concern about his new challengers so far, though.

"We have a president that will tell numerous dis-truths in the course of a day, yet that's not challenged", Sanford said.

On Sunday, he said the country needs to have a conversation about the "degree to which institutions and political culture are being damaged by this president".

Trump also denied having anything to do with the cancellation of Republican nominating primaries in four states, meaning he will face no opposition there.

Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, spoke face-to-face with 2,817 working-class voters in predominantly African-American areas in the district and found that only 63 percent of likely Democratic voters said they would cast their ballot for McCready.

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"Trump and his allies and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are doing whatever they can do to eliminate primaries in certain states and make it very hard for primary challengers to get on the ballot in a number of states", complained Walsh.

Prior to the official announcement, Trump took aim at Sanford, foreshadowing the attacks to come by branding the former governor and congressman "Mr".

Sanford had previously served three terms in the House, and, after leaving the governor's mansion in 2011, he ran for House again and won, serving from 2013 to 2019.

"Primary elections are important, competition within parties is good and we intend to be on the ballot in every single state no matter what the RNC and Trump allies try to do", Walsh concluded.

He urged North Carolina voters to "take the first steps" toward removing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 'winning the back the House in 2020'.

Parscale later elaborated on his comments by telling reporters, "I just think they are a dynasty".

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh said it was "undemocratic". Canceling nominating contests is not unusual for the party that controls the White House when an incumbent president is seeking a second term. Instead I hear a laundry list of new unpaid for political promises. "The simple fact is that South Carolina Republicans overwhelmingly support President Trump and know this vanity project is going absolutely nowhere".

Mr Sanford criticised Mr Trump during the 2016 presidential election but ultimately supported him.

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