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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 18:27 IST

Trump ballot ban: Republicans urge US Supreme Court to overturn state supreme court's decision

The petition contends that the state's intervention disrupts the party's rights in candidate selection.

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In a decisive move that could shape the landscape of the 2024 presidential race, the Colorado Republican Party has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the overturning of a landmark ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court. This ruling had initially ousted former President Donald Trump from the state's upcoming ballot. At the heart of the petition lies the assertion that the Colorado GOP has suffered "irreparable harm" due to the state court's decision, which invoked the 14th Amendment's insurrection clause, associating Trump's actions surrounding the January 6 Capitol riot with constitutional implications. 

The petition, obtained by the New York Times, contends that the state's intervention disrupts the party's rights in candidate selection, an act that intrudes on its ability to place its chosen candidate on the general election ballot. "The state has interfered with the Party's ability to place on the general election ballot the candidate of its choice. And it has done so based on a subjective claim of insurrection the state lacks any constitutional authority to make," the petition asserts.

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Legal experts also anticipate an impending appeal from Trump's legal representatives. The Colorado Republican Party's petition underlines a pivotal concern about the broader implications of the state court's decision. It warns of a scenario where any voter could wield the power to disqualify a political candidate, a situation that could not only distort the 2024 presidential election but also entangle courts in the contentious web of political controversies rooted in ambiguous accusations of insurrection.

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"This will not only distort the 2024 presidential election but will also mire courts henceforth in political controversies over nebulous accusations of insurrection," the petition emphasizes.

Interpretation of 14th Amendment is the key issue

The crux of this legal battle revolves around the interpretation and application of the 14th Amendment, with at least 35 cases filed nationwide aiming to exclude Trump from the ballot using this historical provision. However, the Colorado Supreme Court's 4-3 majority ruling stands apart as the lone decision thus far to affirm the application of the Civil War-era amendment to Trump's circumstances.

This ongoing legal saga highlights the profound implications of a state's power in candidate selection and the interpretation of constitutional clauses in contemporary political scenarios. As this story unfolds, it stands as a pivotal moment likely to shape the upcoming electoral landscape and the boundaries of state authority in candidate eligibility. The imminent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to define the trajectory of Trump's candidacy.

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 08:56 IST

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