NH rejects efforts to keep Trump, Sanders off ballot
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A New Hampshire agency has rejected efforts to keep four presidential candidates off the ballot. 

The New Hampshire Ballot Commission upheld New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s decision to allow Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFunding confusion complicates Meals on Wheels budget fight The Hill's 12:30 Report Five takeaways from the Montana special election MORE (I-Vt.) on the Democratic primary ballot and Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzFranken explains why he made an exception to diss Cruz in his book FEC faults Cruz on Goldman Sachs loans in rare unanimous vote CBO score underlines GOP tensions on ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer McConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama' Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it MORE (R-Fla.), as well as real estate mogul Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHuckabee on Trump priorities: ‘A beheading is still worse than a sunburn’ Dan Rather pleads for Trump to pay attention to Portland murders Trudeau says Trump was ’robust,’ 'frank’ with him MORE on the GOP primary ballot. Commission Chairman Bradford Cook said all decisions were unanimous. 

The decision on Sanders came in response to a complaint that argued was he was ineligible to run as a Democrat because he was elected and currently serves as an Independent. 

Sanders’s campaign praised the decision to allow him on the Democratic ballot. 

"The commission's ruling today ensures Bernie's name will be on the New Hampshire ballot, and puts this issue to bed for good,” Sanders’s New Hampshire state director, Julia Barnes, said in a statement.

Cook said that Andy Martin, who filed the Sanders complaint, has already sent an appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, but explained that the commission's decisions can't be appealed.

"From a statutory point of view, our decisions are final and can't be appealed," Cook said. 

Former New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen filed a complaint against Trump, arguing that the real estate mogul isn't aligned with the Republican Party's values. But the commission quickly dismissed the challenge and voted for Trump to appear on the GOP ballot.

"The Trump thing was, no pun intended, trumped up," Cook said.

Two complaints were filed against Cruz. The first one challenged whether the GOP presidential hopeful was a "natural born citizen" — a constitutional requirement to run for president — citing that he was born in Calgary, Canada.

The second alleged that Cruz and Rubio didn't have at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen. Rubio’s parents were born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1956. The commission dismissed both complaints and voted to allow those candidates to be placed on the GOP ballot. 

Trump leads the GOP field in the early-voting state, ahead of his rivals by nearly 15 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls. Rubio and Cruz are in second and third place, respectively.

Sanders trails former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonIs it still possible to stop ‘Big Tech’ from killing democracy? Hillary Clinton for 2020 ‘not a good question,’ says Rahm Emanuel Graham: Comey should be held accountable for acting on bad intel MORE in New Hampshire by 4.3 points, according to the RCP average.