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 SandersTrump takes reins of divided nation Trump's inaugural from the eyes of a Bernie Sanders delegate The new Washington elite schmoozes over lunch MORE (I-Vt.) on the Democratic primary ballot and Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioGOP, Dems hear different things from Trump Senate committee to vote Monday on Tillerson Tillerson met with top State official: report MORE (R-Fla.), as well as real estate mogul Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's dance moves mocked on Twitter Trump dances to 'My Way' at inaugural ball Trump White House tells agencies to halt regulations MORE on the GOP primary ballot. Commission Chairman Bradford Cook said all decisions were unanimous. 

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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 Clinton'Fight Song' played at Trump inaugural ball Trump takes reins of divided nation When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it MORE in New Hampshire by 4.3 points, according to the RCP average.