Federal Judge Knocks Down Attempt to Purge Trump From Nevada Ballot

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On Monday, a challenge to the eligibility of former President Donald Trump to appear on the Nevada ballot was denied by a federal magistrate.

John Anthony Castro, a self-proclaimed Republican primary candidate who has challenged Trump’s eligibility to appear on ballots across the nation, was ruled to lack standing to proceed by U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro.

Comparable decisions have been rendered by federal judges in West Virginia, Arizona, and Rhode Island.

In October, the Supreme Court declined to hear Castro’s appeal of a case he initially filed in Florida.

Castro argued that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals who have taken an oath to the Constitution and subsequently engaged in insurrection from holding office, disqualifies Trump from the ballot.

Although he contended that Trump’s inclusion on the ballot would be detrimental to his chances of winning votes, the justices concluded that his campaign’s sole purpose was to pursue legal action.

Nonetheless, Trump’s name will not appear on the primary ballot of Nevada, as he will be attending the Nevada Republican Party caucus on February 8.

A law enacted by Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak in 2021 mandated a primary system; therefore, Nevada will hold both a caucus and a primary this year to select its Republican nominee; however, the state party will only consider the results of the caucus.

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