RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A third candidate appears to have met qualifications for an official write-in candidate for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat in November.

Former Indian Trail council member David Waddell turned in his petition to the State Board of Elections this week. He's a member of The Constitution Party of North Carolina and wants to run so people committed to conservative constitutional values have a choice on the ballot.

Senate write-in candidates must collect 500 valid voter signatures. Election officials say Waddell, Barry Gurney of Carteret County and former state Rep. John Rhodes of Mecklenburg County have exceeded that total.

The state board still must give final certification to their candidacies so votes they receive are counted.

Democrat Kay Hagan, Republican Thom Tillis and Libertarian Sean Haugh already are on the ballot.

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