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Why the 14th Amendment has surfaced in midterms

State of the Union
Posted at 8:06 PM, Mar 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-25 20:06:32-04

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some attorneys and voters are using a rarely cited section of the 14th Amendment dealing with insurrection to try to stop some U.S. House members from running for re-election this year.

First-term Republican firebrands Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia have been among those targeted. Their opponents are citing a section of the amendment that was designed to prevent members of Congress who had fought on the Confederate side during the Civil War from returning to the institution.

One law professor says it's a novel legal theory that will have a difficult time succeeding.