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Nearly all of withdrawn candidates for Legislature have been replaced

PIERRE -- South Dakota's election ballots for seats in the Legislature are filling back up. Nearly all of the Republican and Democratic candidates who withdrew have been replaced by their local party organizations. District 5, representing Watert...

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PIERRE - South Dakota's election ballots for seats in the Legislature are filling back up.

Nearly all of the Republican and Democratic candidates who withdrew have been replaced by their local party organizations.

District 5, representing Watertown and Codington County, might see two Democratic slots stay vacant, however.

Alanna Silvis of Watertown withdrew from the House contest, and David Johnson of Watertown departed the Senate race.

As of Thursday, the South Dakota Secretary of State Office hadn't received notice of replacements nominated for either spot by the Democrats' county committee.

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They are the only two withdrawals that could still be filled.

When the general-election ballot shall become final isn't clear.

That's because, under South Dakota law, the state office will continue to accept replacement nominations as long as they were sent registered mail before the deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, according to spokesman Jason Williams.

He said the office received a replacement nomination Thursday for a Minnehaha County legislative district.

Here's a look at who withdrew and their replacements as of Thursday:

House:

District 4-Rep. Fred Deutsch, R-Florence, withdrawn. John Mills, R-Volga, replacement.

District 5 - Alanna Silvis, D-Watertown, withdrawn. No replacement.

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District 11 - Mary Claus, D-Sioux Falls, withdrawn. Leona Wieland, D-Sioux Falls, replacement.

District 12 - Betsy Lang, D-Sioux Falls, withdrawn. Susan Randall, D-Sioux Falls, replacement.

District 13 - Rep. Steve Westra, R-Sioux Falls, withdrawn. Sue Lucas-Peterson, R-Sioux Falls, replacement.

District 14 - Tony Pier, D-Sioux Falls, withdrawn. J.R. LaPlante, D-Sioux Falls, replacement.

District 19 - Ardon Wek, D-Freeman, withdrawn. Melissa Mentele, D-Emery, replacement.

District 33 - Stephen Eckrich, R-Rapid City, withdrawn. No replacement. Withdrawal was before primary election. Two other Republicans nominated.

Senate:

District 5 - David Johnson, D-Watertown, withdrawn. No replacement.

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District 9 - Holly Boltjes, D-Hartford, withdrawn. John Koch, D-Sioux Falls, replacement.

District 18 - Matt Stone, I-Yankton, withdrawn. No replacement because he was an independent candidate.

District 22 - Chuck Groth, D-Huron, withdrawn. Eric Bliss, D-Huron, replacement.

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