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Sen. Ted Cruz wins Pa. suit challenging his presidential bid

Sen. Ted Cruz has won a court case brought by a Pennsylvania man who claimed the Republican presidential candidate was ineligible to be commander-in-chief because Cruz was born in Canada.

Sen. Ted Cruz has won a court case brought by a Pennsylvania man who claimed the Republican presidential candidate was ineligible to be commander-in-chief because Cruz was born in Canada.

The state Supreme Court declined an appeal by Carmon Elliott, of Pittsburgh, after a Commonwealth Court judge dismissed the lawsuit earlier in March. Judge Dan Pellegrini ruled March 10 that Cruz is a natural-born citizen.

His mother was born in Delaware and his father was born in Cuba.  The family was living in Calgary, Canada, when Cruz was born.

The one-page ruling Thursday denied Carmon Elliott the right to present oral arguments before the Supreme Court.

Pellegrini's ruling also certified Cruz for the Pennsylvania primary April 26.  Cruz is the second of the three remaining Republican presidential nominees to have his status for the Pennsylvania primary affirmed by court order after a legal challenge.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich also was challenged in Pennsylvania by a supporter of Sen. Marco Rubio. That suit, challenging Kasich's petition signatures, was dropped after Rubio bowed out of the race in March.

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