- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Libertarian Party is eligible to place candidates on the 2016 statewide ballot after one of its candidates got more than 5 percent of the vote in the race for secretary of state.

Roland Riemers (RYM’-urs) got 5.3 percent of the vote Tuesday in the race that was won by incumbent Al Jaeger.

State law says a political party must get at least 5 percent of the total votes cast to be placed on the next election’s ballot.

Jaeger says it’s the first time in at least 20 years that a third party could automatically be placed on the ballot for exceeding the 5 percent requirement.

Riemers is a Grand Forks resident and longtime political candidate. He’s also run for the U.S. Senate and the North Dakota Legislature.

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