A shadowy group calling itself "The Tea Party" has filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court to gain access to the general election ballot.
The state Court of Appeals ruled Monday the group doesn't qualify for the ballot because it didn't correctly show its name on petitions.
A Supreme Court spokeswoman said an emergency appeal was filed Tuesday by "The Tea Party," whose lawyer says the group substantially met state requirements.
Republicans and tea party activists say "The Tea Party" is a fake party controlled by Democrats aimed at drawing away votes from GOP candidates. Their lawyer says he'll decide what steps to take once he reviews the appeal.
The state faces a Friday deadline to complete who will be on the ballot.