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Perry Johnson makes a last-minute attempt to get on Michigan's primary gubernatorial ballot

Malachi Barrett

After losing in Michigan, disqualified Republican candidate Perry Johnson is taking his case to federal court in a last-minute attempt to get on Michigan’s primary ballot for governor.

Businessman Perry Johnson was one of five Republican candidates for governor to be booted from the ballot for the August 2nd election after state officials found they lacked enough valid petition signatures. Thousands of those signatures were determined to be fraudulent, although there’s no indication the candidates knew the workers they hired to canvass registered voters had submitted alleged forgeries.

Last Friday’s deadline for finalizing ballots has already passed, but a federal lawsuit filed by Johnson on Monday argues his due process rights have been violated. It’s asking a judge to temporarily halt the printing of ballots and to ensure Johnson’s name is included.

Michigan’s Supreme Court has previously rejected arguments from Johnson and other disqualified candidates.

Five Republicans — Tudor Dixon, Ryan Kelley, Kevin Rinke, Ralph Rebandt and Garret Soldano — remain on the ballot to challenge Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.