Too Late To Take Candidate Who Died Off Ballot

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The South Dakota state secretary says it’s too late to remove the name of a House candidate from the ballot due to his death.

John Koch’s name remains on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for House District 19. A published obituary says the 72-year-old Koch died last Friday of a pulmonary embolism during a family visit to Texas.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says if Koch wins, a replacement would be named by the governor.

Koch was running as a Democrat for one of the district’s two House seats, which are currently held by Republicans Kyle Schoenfish and Kent Peterson.

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