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Judge orders Trump removed from Illinois primary ballot

Former President Donald J. A state judge in Illinois ruled Wednesday that Trump was in rebellion and ineligible to appear on the state's primary ballot.

Judge Tracy R. of the State Circuit Court in Cook County. Porter's sentencing was stayed until Friday. Judge Porter, a Democrat, Mr. He said the state Board of Elections erred in rejecting Trump's impeachment effort. Any votes given to him should be suppressed.

Early voting in Illinois is already underway. Mr Trump could remain on the ballot until at least Friday, as Judge Porter stayed his order, giving him a chance to appeal the order.

“Today, an activist Democratic judge in Illinois summarily overruled the state Board of Elections and contradicted previous decisions from dozens of other state and federal jurisdictions,” Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement. “This is an unconstitutional ruling and we will soon appeal.”

Judge Porter's ruling made Illinois the third and most populous state where Mr Trump has been ruled constitutionally unfit.

The Colorado Supreme Court and Maine's Democratic Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, supported Mr. They found Trump ineligible. Leading the Republican primary polls, Mr. Trump has appealed those decisions, and his campaign has described efforts to remove him from the ballot as undemocratic.

Mr. Trump has appealed the Colorado and Maine rulings and could appear on the ballot in both states. The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on February 8 in the Colorado appeal, a case that could decide Mr Trump's eligibility for the national ballot. Judges across the ideological spectrum Mr. They were skeptical of the reasoning used to disqualify Trump. I don't know when they will announce the verdict.

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Justice Porter said his ruling would be further stayed if the U.S. Supreme Court issues an opinion that contradicts his findings in the Colorado case.

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