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Trump Nixed From Maine Ballot (For Now)

Former President Donald Trump will not appear on the Republican ballot in Maine's presidential primary after Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D) ruled his role in the events of Jan. 6, 2021, made him ineligible under a clause in the 14th Amendment. The decision follows a ruling with similar effect by Colorado's Supreme Court, and a decision by Michigan's Supreme Court leaving him eligible for the primary race. 

The Trump campaign said it would file an appeal challenging the decision. In Colorado, the US Supreme Court must issue a decision or suspend the lower court's ruling by Jan. 4 for Trump to appear on the ballot. 

Primaries in both Colorado and Maine fall on Super Tuesday (March 5), after critical votes in early states including Iowa (Jan. 15), New Hampshire (Jan. 23), and South Carolina (Feb. 24), among others (see calendar).

See an overview of the legal theory here.

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