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Independent Jenkins qualifies for US Senate ballot

July 11, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A central Nebraska cattle rancher has qualified for the November ballot in Nebraska's U.S. Senate race.

The secretary of state's office confirms that Jim Jenkins, an independent, has submitted enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot with Republican Ben Sasse and Democrat Dave Domina.

The candidates are running to replace U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, who isn't seeking re-election.

Jenkins submitted nearly 6,000 signatures. At least 4,000 valid signatures were required, with at least 750 of those signatures coming from each of Nebraska's three congressional districts.

The secretary of state's office is still verifying the signatures of Todd Watson, another independent candidate who is seeking the office. Watson, a conservative Lincoln businessman, reported submitting 5,380 signatures for verification on Thursday morning.