Court denies appeal from group suing to remove Lamborn from ballot

Posted at 3:19 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 17:19:11-04

The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request for an appeal from the group looking to kick Rep. Doug Lamborn off the GOP primary ballot.

This reinforces a ruling from a federal judge that effectively allowed the six-time incumbent congressman to stay on the June primary ballot.

This is the latest development in a back and forth legal battle that has lasted nearly a month.

The ruling issued Tuesday afternoon refutes a Colorado Supreme Court ruling issued last week that found one of the petition circulators hired by the Lamborn campaign was not a Colorado resident. The Colorado Supreme Court ruling meant the signatures he collected were disqualified. putting Lamborn below the 1,000 signature minimum to stay on the ballot.

Federal Judge Philip A. Brimmer ordered Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams to stop enforcing the portion of Colorado law that required residency in order to get signatures on the ballot. 

Brimmer also ordered Williams to certify Doug Lamborn to appear on the Fifth Congressional District ballot unless there are other disqualifying infractions that would prohibit him from appearing on the ballot.

Lamborn was first elected in in 2006 and has served six terms as the Congressional Representative for one of Colorado’s most reliably Republican-voting districts.  No Democrat has ever been elected since the district’s formation in 1972.  Lamborn last faced a Primary challenge in 2008.