Claim questioning Ted Cruz' eligibility tossed out on a technicality in Illinois

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CHICAGO - A judge has tossed out a claim that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz isn't eligible to run for president because he was born in Canada.

Cook County Judge Maureen Ward Kirby dismissed the case on a technicality. She says the attorney who filed the complaint failed to provide a copy of it to Cruz or state electoral board members, as required by Illinois state law.

Joyce says Cruz isn't eligible for the president because he isn't a natural-born citizen of the United States.

Similar suits have been filed in Indiana and New Hampshire, as have federal suits in Alabama, Arkansas, Utah, and Texas. Donald Trump has also openly questioned Cruz’s eligibility.

The United States Constitution states (Article 2, Section 1): "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

However, some legal experts disagree because Cruz' mother was a U.S. citizen when Cruz was born.

Illinois' primary is March 15.

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