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Then-candidate Jason Gant is seen here in an August 2010 debate with opponent Ben Nesselhuf at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Wednesday, Gant announced he will not seek a second term as the state's top elections official. (Daily Republic file photo)

UPDATE: Gant won't seek second term

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The state's top elections official has announced he will not seek a second term.

In a letter to the editor received Wednesday by The Daily Republic, Secretary of State Jason Gant said he plans to return to the private sector after his current term is up at the end of 2014, rather than run for re-election in the November 2014 general election. Gant, a Republican, took office in 2011.

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