The Supreme Court Pennsylvania just issued a decision to remove the Green Party presidential candidate from the ballot in the upcoming general election. Trump was desperate to keep the Green Party on the ballot to siphon votes from former Vice President Biden.
President Trump and his campaign are likely crying crocodile tears right now after hearing Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled today that the presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the Green Party cannot appear on the state’s ballots this cycle. This may be handing Democrats a win as they try to consolidate support in this critical key swing state.
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled in a 5-2 decision that the Green Party did not follow proper procedure for getting on the ballot, and overturned a Republican judge’s decision in a lower court ruling.
The Green Party earlier this year had to swap out its first presidential candidate for another. In doing so, the highest court in Pennsylvania ruled the Green Party failed to get the replacement candidate on the ballot properly, so according to the court…
“Subsequent efforts to substitute Hawkins were a nullity.”
The high court ruled a similar substitution effort to get the party’s vice presidential nominee invalid.
“In sum, the Commonwealth Court erred in dismissing Objectors’ petition to set aside the Green Party’s nominations for President and Vice President of the United States,” citing irregularities in the way the Green Party was supposed to file affidavits for the presidential candidate.
Accordingly, the Secretary of the Commonwealth was directed by the high court to remove the Green Party Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker from the general election ballot.
The ruling marks a major victory for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Democrats. They feared third-party contenders could win over some liberal voters in tight races up to and down the ballot.
The Keystone State is anticipated to be once again incredibly competitive between the two major-party candidates, Biden and President Trump. The impact of this decision can be seen by looking back at the 2016 campaign in which the Green Party candidate Jill Stein took nearly 50,000 votes in the state, which Trump won over then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by just more than 44,000 votes.
Biden has promised to win Pennsylvania since entering the Presidential race last year and has focused heavily on winning the state by touting his Scranton roots. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows him with a 4.3-point lead over Trump in the state.