- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A frequent North Dakota political candidate has lost a bid in the state’s high court 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.

The North Dakota Supreme Court issued an opinion on the case this week. Justices declined to consider Sorum’s claims that his constitutional rights were violated.

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.

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