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Dems mull Harriman replacement in House race

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Now that the Democratic nominee for an open southern Illinois U.S. House seat has bowed out for health reasons, the question lingers about who will take his place on November's ballot.

Former regional schools superintendent Brad Harriman abruptly abandoned his campaign Tuesday for the 12th Congressional District seat. He cited a worsening neurological condition he says requires surgery but isn't life-threatening.

That leaves only Republican Jason Plummer on the ballot in the race for the seat being vacated by Democrat Jerry Costello.

Democratic heads in the 12th District now will work to find a replacement candidate. Each chairperson will have a weighted say based on how many Democratic votes were cast in the March primary election in their counties.

It's unclear when that decision may come.

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