The Colorado Republican Party has vowed to switch to a “pure caucus system” if the state Supreme Court’s decision to block former President Donald Trump from the primary ballot is not reversed.
The announcement came in response to a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, from Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy — who vowed to withdraw his name from the Colorado Republican presidential primary until Trump is allowed back on the ballot. He also challenged his fellow Republican presidential candidates to do the same.
“I pledge to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump is also allowed to be on the ballot, and I demand that Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, and Nikki Haley do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver which will have disastrous consequences for our country,” Ramaswamy wrote.
I pledge to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump is also allowed to be on the ballot, and I demand that Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, and Nikki Haley do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver which will have disastrous… pic.twitter.com/qbpNf9L3ln
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 20, 2023
The Colorado Republican Party responded to Ramaswamy’s post just ten minutes later, writing: “You won’t have to because we will withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand.”
You won't have to because we will withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand.
— Colorado Republican Party (@cologop) December 20, 2023
While a primary system allows voters to choose their preferred candidate in secret, a caucus is a local gathering where voters openly choose which candidate they support to go on to the general election. According to USA.gov, “Caucuses are meetings run by political parties that are held at the county, district, or precinct level. Some caucuses choose candidates by secret ballot. Others require participants to divide themselves into groups according to the candidate they support. Undecided participants form their own group.”
These groups then give speeches in support of their candidate in order to convince others to join their group. Ultimately, each candidate in the primary is given delegates based on the number of caucus votes they received.
The vast majority of states hold primaries, though several states still use the caucus system, including Iowa and Wyoming.
Meanwhile, the far-left government of Colorado has already threatened to take the Colorado GOP to court over their announcement.
“Colorado law does not allow a presidential primary election to be cancelled at the request of a political party,” Colorado secretary of state spokesperson Jack Todd wrote in a statement, according to NBC News. “If the Colorado Republican Party attempts to withdraw from the presidential primary or ignore the results of the election, this would likely be a matter for the courts.”