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Five Republican challengers to Gov. Whitmer were unfairly excluded from the ballot after a deadlocked, party-line vote by the state’s Board of State Canvassers last month. Early on Friday Perry Johnson, one of those five, had his appeal shot down in the court of appeals. And now the whole lot have been denied by the Supreme Court:

Fox News writes:

The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected the appeals of multiple Republican gubernatorial candidates to appear on the primary ballot after the state’s Board of State Canvassers disqualified them following an issue with fraudulent petition signatures.

The Friday decision by the state’s highest court means that former Detroit police chief James Craig, businessman Perry Johnson, financial advisor Michael Markey, and businesswoman Donna Brandenburg will not appear on the Aug. 2 primary ballot despite attempts to challenge their disqualifications.

Earlier in the day, former Detroit police chief James Craig vowed to take his fight to be included on the Michigan Republican gubernatorial primary ballot to the state Supreme Court just days after a lower court denied his appeal of a decision by state election officials declaring him ineligible.

The New York Times celebrates.

The candidates — James Craig, Perry Johnson and Michael J. Markey Jr. — did not meet the total number of signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot after thousands of the signatures on their nominating petitions were found to be fraudulent, though officials said there was no evidence the candidates had knowledge of the widespread cheating effort.

In three separate 6-to-1 rulings, the Michigan justices said they were “not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this Court.”

“There is nothing here meriting our further time or attention,” Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, a Democrat, wrote in an order on Mr. Johnson’s challenge.

That last sentence, right?

It’s open in the comments but would love your thoughts on this. Partisan board, partisan court, partisan result, and Whitmer now killing in polls in the state, according to the MSM.

Let me introduce you to my good friend Rigged.

Consider this an OPEN THREAD.

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