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Michigan Officials Won't Appeal John Conyers Ballot Slot

Conyers will seek re-election in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The state of Michigan will not challenge a federal judge's order to put Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. on the primary ballot.  

"Based on the facts of the judge's order, the state has decided not to appeal in the Conyers case," Michigan Department of State spokesman Fred Woodhams said in a written statement.  

Last Friday, Conyers' hopes for appearing on the Aug. 5 primary ballot were all but lost. But then a federal judge ordered the state to put him on the ballot. Earlier this month, a county clerk ruled the 25-term ineligible to appear on Michigan's 13th District ballot due to problems with his petition signatures. Conyers reacted to the state of Michigan's decision in a written statement:

“The state’s decision not to pursue this is a victory for the people of the 13th District and the State of Michigan. It allows them to exercise their democratic rights in a fair and impartial matter." "I’m glad that we can put this behind us, because it gives all of those who appreciate our political process an opportunity to focus on the issues that affect the people's livelihood, the justice system and the promotion of peace in our time: in short, Jobs, Justice and Peace.”
The race is rated Safe Democratic  by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

Kyle Trygstad contributed to this report.