The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal over Michigan’s sore loser law that kept Gary Johnson from appearing as a Libertarian presidential candidate on the state ballot after running in the Republican primary. The high court Monday refused to hear an appeal from Johnson and the Libertarian Party of Michigan. Johnson in the 2012 presidential election ran as a GOP presidential candidate in the primary, and then tried to run as the Libertarian presidential nominee.
State law says candidates who run in a primary must run as the party’s candidate in the general election or as an unaffiliated candidate.
Johnson said the law should not apply to presidential elections, but the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Michigan law. Justices decided not to review that decision.