Tennessee GOP Removes Trump-picked Candidate from Primary

The Tennesse GOP removed Trump-endorsed candidate Morgan Ortagus from the ballot of the 5th District Primary. Ortagus, who served as Trump’s spokesperson for the State Department, was booted from the ballot by the party’s State Executive Committee for failing to meet the definition of a “bona fide” Republican under the party’s bylaws.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The Tennessee Republican Party requires that candidates be “actively involved” in the state or local GOP and have voted in three of the last four Republican primaries, although members can vouch to party leaders that a candidate failing to meet these requirements deserves to remain on the ballot.

Ortagus, who earned the endorsement of Trump before entering the race in February, framed the decision to bar her as a move by “party insiders” to undermine her “America First” candidacy.

“I’m a bonafide Republican by their standards, and frankly, by any metric,” Ortagus said in a statement to the Tennessean. “As I have said all along, I believe that voters in Middle Tennessee should pick their representative — not establishment party insiders. Our team is evaluating the options before us.”

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