Cruz Wins Another Citizenship Ballot Battle In Pennsylvania

Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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Texas Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] won a lawsuit slapped on him in Pennsylvania challenging his natural born citizenship.

Pennsylvania’s State Supreme Court, WFMZ reported Thursday, upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case.

Carmon Elliott, a Pittburgh resident and registered Republican voter, charged that Cruz cannot run for the White House or appear on Pennsylvania’s April 26 primary ballot because of his birth in Canada.

However, Judge Dan Pellegrini decided that common law and statutory history set the precedent that any candidate born to an American citizen anywhere in the world is a natural born citizen of the U.S.

“The weight of legal and historical authority indicated that the term ‘natural born’ citizen would mean a person, who is entitled to U.S. citizenship ‘by birth’ or ‘at birth’ either by being born ‘in’ the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents,” Pellegrino said in his opinion.

He concluded, “Having extensively reviewed all articles cited in the opinion, as well as many others, this Court holds, consistent with the common law precedent and statutory history, that a ‘natural born citizen’ included any person who is a United States citizen from birth.Accordingly, because he was a citizen of the United States from birth, Ted Cruz is eligible to serve as President of the United States.”

Elliot acknowledged that Cruz’s mother was born in the United States and has been a U.S. citizen her entire life. Similar failed lawsuits against Cruz’s eligibility have surfaced in New York and Chicago.

Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump made a big issue about Cruz’s eligibility for the White House at the launch of his own campaign arguing that Democrats would use Cruz’s birth as a weapon against the Texas senator.

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