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The Latest: New Libertarian candidate certified for ballot

HELENA, Mont. — The Latest on the replacement for the deceased Libertarian candidate for U.S. House (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch has accepted the filing of the Libertarian Party's replacement candidate for the U.S. House race.

McCulloch spokeswoman Emily Dean said Thursday that an earlier dispute over Rick Breckenridge's candidacy has been resolved.

The Ravalli County Libertarian Central Committee forwarded Breckenridge's name to replace Mike Fellows in the House race against Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke and Democrat Denise Juneau.

But McCulloch did not immediately accept Breckenridge's filing, saying it was unclear who spoke for the party.

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Ted Dunlap says a faction within the party had backed a different candidate and told McCulloch the Ravalli County committee did not speak for the entire party.

Fellows died in a car crash Monday night.

The resolution of the dispute allows election ballots to be reprinted with Breckenridge's name.

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1:05 p.m.

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says her office can't process the Libertarian Party's new candidate for U.S. House until she knows who speaks for the party.

The uncertainty over Rick Breckenridge's appointment prevents county election administrators from reprinting corrected ballots after the death of state party chairman and House candidate Mike Fellows.

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Ted Dunlap says there is a dispute about whether Ravalli County Central Committee Chairman Dave Merrick or Secretary of State candidate Roger Roots is the ranking party member after Fellows' death.

The Ravalli County committee voted Wednesday for Breckenridge to replace Fellows in the House race. Fellows died in a car crash Monday night.

Dunlap says a faction within the party backed a different candidate and told McCulloch's office that all communication must go through Roots.