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Official: Senate candidate killed in plane crash stays on ballot

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The death of Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Doug Butzier raises several political questions. Among them: How will the ballot be changed?

Butzier was killed in a small plane crash late Monday night in Dubuque County. Read more on that here:

Butzier was one of six candidates on the ballot in a race dominated by Democrat and U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, and Republican and State Sen. Joni Ernst.

"The Libertarian Party has a legal status as a 'non-party political organization,' which has a different legal standing that the two full-status parties, the Democrats and Republicans," said Johnson County Auditor's Clerk John Deeth. "Because the Libertarians are not a full status party, Dr. Butzier will not be replaced on the ballot."

Deeth added that votes already cast for Butzier will still be counted. Voters will not be able to re-cast their ballots.

Deeth said if Butzier had been registered as a Democrat or Republican, the race would have been invalidated and a special election would have been set for December.

The last time this happened was in 2012, when State Sen. Pat Ward died of breast cancer less than a month before the November 2012 election.

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