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Dems withdraw from legislative races

BISMARCK — Three Democrats withdrew from legislative races in western North Dakota before Tuesday’s deadline for candidates to remove their names from the Nov. 4 ballot.

Senate candidate Barbara Vondell withdrew from the Senate race in District 1 in Williston. House candidate Karen N. Nelson and Senate candidate Keith Fernsler pulled out of the District 37 races in Dickinson, according to the secretary of state’s office.

Vondell’s withdrawal leaves Republican Brad Bekkedahl unchallenged in the District 1 Senate race. Sen. Rich Wardner will be unchallenged in District 37.

Democrats still have one candidate, Mandy Kubik, in the running against two Republicans, Rep. Vicky Steiner and Mike Lefor, for the two District 37 House seats.

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