Michigan Supreme Court says Trump can remain on state’s primary ballot

The Michigan Supreme Court says former President Donald Trump can remain on the state's primary ballot.
Updated December 28, 2023 at 4:36 AM ET

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Donald Trump can remain on the state’s primary ballot, granting the former president a legal victory in a state that’s likely to be pivotal in the presidential race.

The court upheld a lower court’s decision that Trump could appear on the ballot despite his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Trump’s critics argue that the former president’s actions after the last presidential contest make him ineligible to hold elected office based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which was designed to bar former Confederate leaders from holding office after the Civil War.

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The court’s ruling comes after a historic decision from Colorado’s highest court that ruled that Trump was ineligible to appear on the state’s primary ballot because he engaged in an insurrection.

On Wednesday, the Colorado Republican Party appealed the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling.

Trump is also expected to appeal the Colorado ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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