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SD governor candidate sues secretary of state

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Independent candidate for governor Mike Myers is suing to try to force South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant to certify a new running mate.

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Myers picked Lora Hubbel as his running mate when his initial choice, Caitlin Collier, had family health issues.

South Dakota law allows nominees of political parties to be replaced on the ballot, but there's no such provision for independent candidates. Gant ruled earlier that Collier's name will remain on the ballot.

Myers says that isn't fair. He's asking U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol to order Gant to certify Hubbel.

Gant says he's bound by law, and he'll consult with the attorney general about the lawsuit. He says the issue of replacing independent candidates on the ballot ultimately is one the Legislature will have to resolve.

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