LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit that challenged the eligibility of Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to appear as presidential candidates on Arkansas’ primary ballot.

LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit that challenged the eligibility of Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to appear as presidential candidates on Arkansas’ primary ballot.


The suit by David Librace alleged that the Florida and Texas senators, respectively, are not eligible to serve as president because they are not natural-born citizens.


Librace claimed Rubio, who was born in Florida, is ineligible because his parents were not U.S. citizens and that Cruz is ineligible because he was born in Canada, to a father who was born in Cuba and a mother who was born in the U.S.


The suit alleged that Librace’s "right to vote will be diluted, debased, and desecrated by the presence of Mr. Rubio and Mr. Cruz on the Arkansas ballot" and that Arkansas voters would be disenfranchised if an ineligible candidate were to win in Arkansas and then have his or her eligibility successfully challenged.


U.S. District Judge Brian Miller said in an order Monday that Librace lacked standing to bring the suit because he did not show that he had a "concrete and particularized" grievance. A grievance about government that is generally available to any citizen is not sufficient, the judge said.


Similar court challenges to the eligibility of Barack Obama and John McCain during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections were rejected on the same grounds, Miller noted.


Miller issued the ruling one day before Arkansas’ primary election.