- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A frequent North Dakota political candidate has lost a bid to have the results of the 2012 gubernatorial race thrown out.

Paul Sorum ran as an independent gubernatorial candidate. Sorum wanted his Republican and Democratic challengers removed from the ballot because of a technicality.

Sorum argued that the candidates didn’t fill out forms correctly because they didn’t list their running mates.

South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen ruled Thursday that Sorum failed to make his case.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple won the election. Democrat Ryan Taylor finished second. Sorum got less than 2 percent of the vote.

The Bismarck man also has unsuccessfully sought GOP endorsements to run for the U.S. Senate and governor.