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Oregon Supreme Court Rules On Trump Eligibility Challenge

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The Oregon Supreme Court ruled former President Donald Trump may remain on the state’s primary ballot.

Instead, the court said it would wait for the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on whether Trump can be disqualified from the ballot under the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states that no person shall hold elected office who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.”

“Because a decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding the Fourteenth Amendment issue may resolve one or more contentions that relators make in the Oregon proceeding, the Oregon Supreme Court denied their petition for mandamus, by order, but without prejudice to their ability to file a new petition seeking resolution of any issue that may remain following a decision by the United States Supreme Court,” the court said in a release.

The Oregon lawsuit was filed on behalf of five voters by the nonprofit Free Speech For People. The same organization has launched numerous challenges across the country.

Colorado and Maine removed Trump from the primary ballot last month. Those rulings are on hold as Trump appeals.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up the Colorado case, giving the justices with a pathway to provide a national resolution on the 14th Amendment’s insurrection ban in advance of the general election. Oral arguments are set for Feb. 8.

Oregon’s high court noted the state is not set to finalize its presidential primary ballots until March 21.

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