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Colorado Republican Party plans to switch to 'pure caucus system' if Trump is blocked from primary ballot
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Colorado Republican Party plans to switch to 'pure caucus system' if Trump is blocked from primary ballot

The Colorado Republican Party announced that if former President Donald Trump is blocked from appearing on the primary ballot, it plans to shift to a "pure caucus system" instead.

After the Colorado Supreme Court declared that Trump should not be included on the primary ballot, GOP presidential primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy pledged to withdraw from the Colorado Republican presidential primary until Trump is permitted to be included on the ballot.

"I pledge to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump is also allowed to be on the ballot," Ramaswamy tweeted.

"You won't have to because we will withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand," the Colorado Republican Party tweeted in response to Ramaswamy.

The text of the Colorado Supreme Court's decision states, "We conclude that because President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Secretary to list President Trump as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot. Therefore, the Secretary may not list President Trump's name on the 2024 presidential primary ballot, nor may she count any write-in votes cast for him."

"But we stay our ruling until January 4, 2024 (the day before the Secretary's deadline to certify the content of the presidential primary ballot). If review is sought in the Supreme Court before the stay expires, it shall remain in place, and the Secretary will continue to be required to include President Trump's name on the 2024 presidential primary ballot until the receipt of any order or mandate from the Supreme Court," the court added.

Three justices dissented.

"Colorado law does not allow a presidential primary election to be cancelled at the request of a political party," Colorado secretary of state spokesperson Jack Todd indicated, according to NBC News. "If the Colorado Republican Party attempts to withdraw from the presidential primary or ignore the results of the election, this would likely be a matter for the courts."

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Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg

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