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Michigan Supreme Court Rejects Case to Remove Trump from Ballot, Deeming Claims Unpersuasive

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After the Michigan Supreme Court rejected a case to remove him from the primary ballot, former President Donald Trump won.

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Michigan Supreme Court Rejects Case Alleging Trump’s Ineligibility, Affirms Ballot Inclusion for 2024

Four Michigan voters filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021 Capitol incident constituted “insurrection or rebellion,” disqualifying him from the president under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This post-Civil War clause bans insurrectionists from federal office.

The Michigan Supreme Court, affirming the Michigan Court of Appeals, ruled that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson could not remove Trump from the ballot. Benson had limited jurisdiction to determine candidate eligibility once sponsored by a political party under primary election statutes, the court said.

Despite the appellants’ claim that political parties are constitutionally restricted, the court did not rule since no political parties were identified in the action. The order hinted at legal action in the 2024 Michigan general election if Trump wins the Republican nomination.

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Michigan Court Decision Bolsters Trump’s 2024 Presidential Bid

The Michigan court noted state election restrictions, citing the Colorado Supreme Court’s primary ballot ban on Trump. Colorado, unlike Michigan, requires “qualified” candidates for office.

Key swing state Michigan has its primary on February 27, while Colorado’s is on March 5. In nearly a dozen states, Republican presidential contender John Castro has sued Trump for identical issues. Castro has yet to win, and a U.S. District Judge in Arizona dismissed the case for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction.

Trump’s Michigan Supreme Court victory boosts his Republican presidential nomination bid for 2024. The court judgment stresses party endorsement and limits state authorities’ primary ballot eligibility jurisdiction. Trump’s possible candidacy and its influence on swing states like Michigan and Colorado in the 2017 presidential election are complicated by legal issues.

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