West Virginia Republican Party Statement on Court Battle Over West Virginia Ballot Access for President Trump


Contact: Kyle Saunders

Charleston, WV — On September 7, 2023, John Anthony Castro, of Mansfield, Texas, filed a suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and President Donald Trump in an attempt to disqualify President Trump from appearing on the 2024 presidential election ballot in West Virginia (Case No. 2:23-cv-00598). This week, West Virginia Republican Party (WVGOP) Chairwoman Elgine McArdle, Esq. joined the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) as its local counsel and subsequently filed a motion to intervene in the case on behalf of the West Virginia Republican Party.

WVGOP Chairwoman Elgine McArdle issued the following statement: 

Over the past few months there has been a coordinated national effort to prevent President Trump from appearing on the ballot in 2024. This effort has now arrived in West Virginia. The West Virginia Republican Party represents an association of nearly half a million registered Republican voters in this State, and as the Chair of the Republican Party, I cannot and will not stand idly by as our voters are deprived of their choices in the presidential election. President Trump won nearly 70% of the vote in West Virginia in 2020 and remains overwhelmingly popular in this State. This legal challenge is the latest assault on President Trump, his campaign, and his supporters. Republican voters crave a change from the status quo of high taxes, runaway inflation, rampant crime, woke ideology, and open borders. They have looked to President Trump time and time again because he has a proven record of fighting for a better economy, energy independence, job creation, strong borders, and conservative, commonsense policies that achieve real results for the American people. Voters in West Virginia and across the country deserve the opportunity to vote for their choice for president, whether the establishment and leftist jurists like it or not. What we’re seeing take place is shameful and wrong — but we will proudly enter into this litigation to deliver a victory for President Trump, our voters, and the rule of law.”

Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the ACLJ, added, “We must defend the Constitution against the radical left’s outrageous and unconstitutional plot against election integrity.”

McArdle concluded, “The WVGOP is honored to partner with the American Center for Law and Justice in this legal battle. ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow and his team of world-renowned legal experts have a record of delivering precedent-setting victories at the Supreme Court, as well as crucial legal rulings in courts and tribunals across the country and globe. Mr. Sekulow served as President Trump’s counsel during the 2020 impeachment hoax, where he helped deliver a resounding acquittal from the U.S. Senate. I am eager to work with the ACLJ and Mr. Sekulow to achieve another legal victory for the American people and the U.S. Constitution.”


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