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Michigan Supreme Court keeps Trump on 2024 primary ballot

One of the four Democratic-nominated justices on the seven-member Michigan Supreme Court dissented.

Published: December 27, 2023 9:04am

Updated: December 27, 2023 11:14am

The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed former President Donald Trump to remain on the state's Republican presidential primary ballot after it declined to take up an appeal to have him disqualified. 

The court said in a brief order that it denied the appeal because it was "not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this Court."

Trump lauded the decision, writing Wednesday on Truth Social: "The Michigan Supreme Court has strongly and rightfully denied the Desperate Democrat attempt to take the leading Candidate in the 2024 Presidential Election, me, off the ballot in the Great State of Michigan."

The Colorado Supreme Court removed Trump from the state's primary ballot last week, citing the U.S. Constitution's insurrection clause that prohibits people who participated in an uprising against the country from holding federal office. Trump vowed to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Justice Elizabeth Welch, one of the four Democratic-nominated justices on the seven-member Michigan Supreme Court, dissented from the majority.

She argued that while she would uphold the Court of Appeals' ruling finding that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is not required to determine a presidential primary candidate's eligibility, a high court ruling as such would allow "appellants to renew their legal efforts as to the Michigan general election later in 2024 should Trump become the Republican nominee for president of the United States or seek such office as an independent candidate."

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