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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear Ted Cruz's 'birther' case

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during an election night watch party Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during an election night watch party Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The many court efforts to stop a Ted Cruz U.S. presidency suffered another blow, as the U.S. Supreme Court said no to addressing the matter.

On Tuesday, the justices rejected a request that they hear a lawsuit challenging the former presidential candidate’s eligibility to run for the Oval Office because the Texas Republican was born in Canada, according to Roll Call.

The plaintiff, retired Utah attorney Walter Wagner, argues that Cruz is not a “natural born citizen” and therefore is disqualified from occupying the Oval Office. 

But the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling earlier this year that determined that Wagner, one of just a few people nationwide who filed suits contending Cruz was not a qualified U.S. citizen, had no basis for his argument.

In March, U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish, sitting in Utah, said that several other suits alleging that Cruz was not qualified to run for U.S. president because he was born in Canada were dismissed.

Judges generally consistently have ruled that Cruz is eligible because his mother is a natural born U.S.-citizen.

They cite common law precedent and statutory history that maintains that an eligible candidate includes any person born to an American citizen, regardless of where.

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee raised questions about Cruz’s Canadian birth and his eligibility during the party primary.

Cruz withdrew from the presidential race on May 3 after a bruising defeat by Trump in the Indiana primary.

The Tea Party favorite says he is running for re-election to his Senate seat in 2018.

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