Trump campaign wins US appeals court order

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has granted a motion by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to block a lower court restraining order obtained by Ohio Democrats.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Sunday that the Ohio Democratic Party has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of its case. It granted the emergency stay sought by Trump in a brief order.

The Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit last week, saying a court order is needed to protect Ohioans’ rights to vote free from harassment, coercion and intimidation. A U.S. district court judge in Cleveland ruled Friday that anyone who engages in intimidation or harassment inside or near polling places would face contempt of court charges.

A state party spokeswoman says it’s exploring options.

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