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Illinois judge removes Trump from primary ballot

An
Illinois
judge
ruled
Wednesday
that
former
president
Donald
Trump
should
be
removed
from
the
state’s
primary
ballot
because
of
the
14th
Amendment
ban
on
insurrectionists
holding
office.

Illinois
became
the
third
state
where
Trump
has
been
kicked
off
the
primary
ballot,
following
Colorado
and
Maine.
Both
of
those
states’
rulings
are
on
hold
pending
an
appeal
of
the
Colorado
decision
to
the
U.S.
Supreme
Court.

Cook
County
Circuit
Judge
Tracie
R.
Porter
immediately
stayed
her
ruling
until
Friday,
to
give
Trump
time
to
appeal.
The
ruling
also
includes
a
stay
if
the
U.S.
Supreme
Court
rules
on

Anderson
v.
Griswold
,
the
lawsuit
at
the
heart
of
Colorado’s
decision
to
remove
the
former
president
from
its
primary
ballot.

Trump’s
campaign
blasted
the
ruling.

“This
is
an
unconstitutional
ruling
that
we
will
quickly
appeal,”
Trump
campaign
spokesman
Steven
Cheung
said
in
a
statement.

Porter
said
in
her
ruling
that
the
Illinois
election
board’s
January
decision
to
keep
Trump
on
the
ballot
was
“clearly
erroneous.”



Supreme
Court
poised
to
allow
Trump
to
remain
on
Colorado
ballot

In
each
of
the
cases,
Trump’s
critics
have
argued
he
is
ineligible
to
appear
on
the
ballot
based
on
Section
3
of
the
14th
Amendment,
which
bars
those
who
have
“engaged
in
insurrection”
from
holding
office.
They
have
cited
his
conduct
around
the
Jan.
6,
2021,
assault
on
the
U.S.
Capitol
in
the
wake
of
his
reelection
loss.

Trump
has
argued
Section
3
does
not
apply
to
him,
while
his
campaign
has
expressed
confidence
the
Supreme
Court
will
side
with
them.

Earlier
this
month,
Supreme
Court
justices
across
the
ideological
spectrum

seemed
inclined

to
let
Trump
remain
on
the
ballot
in
Colorado
following
oral
arguments
held
in
the
case.

The
Illinois
primary
is
March
19
and
early
voting
is
already
underway
in
the
state.

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