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Minn. Supreme Court orders Gauthier off ballot, to be replaced with Simonson


ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Supreme Court late this afternoon ordered Rep. Kerry Gauthier's name to be replaced on Duluth ballots.

The order written by Chief Justice Lori S. Gildea said that Erik Simonson's name replace Gauthier.

The ruling grants a request filed by Simonson and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party after Gauthier announced he would end his re-election campaign after a rest-stop sex encounter with a 17-year-old boy earlier this summer was revealed.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.