Trump will be on California ballots in March Primary

California is not following the lead of other states by removing Trump from the ballot.

Former President Donald Trump will be on California’s March 5 presidential primary ballot, as his name was included in the certified list of candidates sent to county election officials.

Driving the news: Some officials, including Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, had called for Trump’s disqualification from the ballot due to the January 6 insurrection.


  • The decision from Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber’s office, a Democrat who oversees elections in the state, comes despite these calls for disqualification.
  • California, with 169 GOP delegates, has the most Republican delegates in the country. Polls show Trump holding a wide lead in the state’s primary, with support from 57% of likely Republican voters.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom, however, disagreed with disqualifying Trump and stated that defeating candidates at the polls is the appropriate approach.

The backstory: Other states have taken different actions regarding Trump’s inclusion on primary ballots: Maine’s secretary of state removed him, citing the 14th Amendment, while the Colorado Supreme Court disqualified him, a decision that has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • There have been calls for legal actions to remove Trump from the ballot, including a letter from Lt. Gov. Kounalakis and a request from nine California state lawmakers to the attorney general’s office.
  • Secretary of State Weber responded to Lt. Gov. Kounalakis, explaining that removing Trump from the ballot under the 14th Amendment is not a simple matter and that her office is involved in multiple lawsuits regarding Trump’s appearance on the ballot.
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