Minnesota dismisses attempt to remove Trump from primary ballot

 November 9, 2023

The Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed an effort to remove former President Donald Trump from the state's primary ballot.

The Wednesday decision came as a win for Trump's comeback bid to return to the White House as multiple states have sought to block him from running.

The ruling

"There is no state statute that prohibits a major political party from placing on the presidential nomination primary ballot, or sending delegates to the national convention supporting, a candidate who is ineligible to hold office,” Chief Justice Natalie Hudson ruled.

"The court left open the possibility that plaintiffs could try again to knock Trump off the general election ballot in November. The Minnesota challenge was filed by the liberal group Free Speech For People, which said it will continue its campaign to end Trump's presidential bid," the Associated Press reported.

Trump responds

"Ridiculous 14th Amendment lawsuit just thrown out by Minnesota Supreme Court," Trump said on Truth Social.

"Congratulations to all who fought this HOAX!" Trump continued, following the announcement of the ruling.

The controversy ahead

"Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said in September that his office had gotten 'hundreds of emails, calls, and letters' about Trump’s eligibility and the 14th Amendment. He noted that his office doesn’t have the authority to keep any candidate off a ballot, saying that’s up to the courts," KSTP-TV reported.

"There have also been questions over whether or not a state court was the right venue for the case since the president is a federal role, with some believing it’ll eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court," it noted.

In addition to Minnesota, Trump faces battles in Colorado and Michigan seeking to block him from the ballot over allegations related to his role in an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump also continues to deal with a trial in New York, plus cases in Washington, Georgia, and Florida that include more than 90 charges against the former president.

Trump has won the battle in Minnesota in what could set a pattern for other states addressing the issue ahead of next year's primary elections.

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