Illinois judge dismisses suit to take Cruz off ballot

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An Illinois judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit that would have kept Ted CruzTed CruzFive takeaways from money race Club for Growth: Anti-Trump spending proved to be 'good call' Republicans, it's time to stop asking 'What would Reagan do?' MORE off the state's GOP presidential primary ballot, according to Reuters.

The lawsuit was filed by Lawrence Joyce, a lawyer who challenged Cruz's eligibility to be president because he was born in Canada to an American mother.

"What I fear is that Ted Cruz becomes the nominee, come September, Congressman Alan GraysonAlan GraysonTrump campaign's taco truck gaffe underscores Latinos' political power Dem polling shows Rubio in a dead heat Canova refuses to congratulate Wasserman Schultz on victory MORE of Florida will go forward with his threats and probably several other Democrats will file suit to prevent Ted Cruz from being on the ballot," Joyce told USA Today last month.
Grayson, a Democrat, has vowed to sue the Texas senator if he wins the nomination.

“I’m waiting for the moment that he gets the nomination, and then I will file that beautiful lawsuit saying that he’s unqualified for the job because he’s ineligible,” Grayson said in a radio interview in November.

“Call me crazy, but I think the president of America should be an American."

Cruz was born with dual American and Canadian citizenship in Calgary to an American mother and a Cuban father. He renounced his Canadian citizenship after he won his Senate seat in 2012.

The decision came on the same day that 12 states will cast their votes in Republican and Democratic presidential nominating contests. Illinois's primary is March 15.