The Colorado Republican Party filed on Wednesday asking the U.S. Supreme Courtto look at the lower court’s ruling that disqualified Trump from running on the presidential ballot in the state due to his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswol announced that Trump will for the time being remain on the ballot, which goes to print on January 5 – unless the Supreme Court affirms the lower court’s ruling or otherwise declines to take on the appeal.
The 4-3 ruling earlier this month said Trump would not appear on the state’s primary ballot, according to a 155-year-old 14th Amendment clause that bans those from office who ‘engaged in insurrection.’
Although Colorado’s 10 Electoral College votes are unlikely to go to the Republican candidate anyway in the general election – and the state isn’t highly important in the GOP primary – the ruling could set precedent for a slew of other states looking to remove Trump from the ballot.
The Michigan Supreme Court, however, already ruled after Colorado to leave the ex-president on the ballot for the state’s primary – and the midwest swing state is much more important to clinching the White House in 2024.
‘Donald Trump engaged in insurrection and was disqualified under the Constitution from the Colorado Ballot,’ Griswold said in a press release.
‘The Colorado Supreme Court got it right. This decision is now being appealed,’ she continued. ‘I urge the U.S. Supreme Court to act quickly given the upcoming presidential primary election.’
The Colorado Supreme Court put a stay – or pause – on its ruling until January 4 to allow time for the appeal process.