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In a recent development, Donald Trump secured a legal win when Michigan’s highest court refused to consider a case aiming to remove him from the state’s presidential primary ballot.

The Michigan Supreme Court declined an appeal from four state voters who sought to disqualify Trump from the Feb. 27 Republican primary due to his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach. These voters argued that under the US Constitution, anyone who engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” after taking an oath to the United States is barred from holding office.

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In a brief order, the justices stated their lack of persuasion that the questions raised warranted their review. Trump responded on his Truth Social platform, dismissing the legal challenge as a “desperate Democrat attempt” to remove him from Michigan’s ballot and praising the court’s decision. This Michigan decision contrasts starkly with a recent Colorado court ruling that disqualified Trump based on the same constitutional grounds, a decision Trump has promised to challenge in the US Supreme Court.

While Trump faces indictments in federal and Georgia cases related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election results, he has not been formally charged with insurrection regarding the Capitol attack. A definitive ruling from the US Supreme Court on this matter could ultimately clarify Trump’s nationwide eligibility for the 2024 presidential race.

The lawyer for the Michigan voters expressed disappointment but noted the ruling’s procedural nature, allowing for the possibility of revisiting the case for the November 2024 general election.


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