[Ed. – Although South Carolina’s GOP is one of several states looking at canceling participation in the primary, which would mean Trump doesn’t have to face challengers in the state when Sanford might perform the best. For those who may be disheartened by this break with tradition, look at the Democrats. They won’t be in any better shape before next year’s DNC. None of the front-runners is suddenly going to morph into a candidate who even sounds sane, much less has broad appeal.]
Former Republican governor Mark Sanford announced Sunday he is entering the race for his party’s presidential nomination, in a long-shot challenge to President Donald Trump.
Sanford, who would be the third Republican to mount a primary bid against Trump, said he had decided to run because of the “astounding” debt and deficits piled up during his presidency. …
Sanford’s decision comes amid reports that Republican officials in some states, including his home state of South Carolina as well as Nevada and Arizona, are considering canceling their 2020 primaries.