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Oregon Standoff leader running for governor of Nevada

Ryan Bundy and his brother were acquitted of charges stemming from the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.

Posted: Mar. 8, 2018 5:45 PM
Updated: Mar. 8, 2018 7:30 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A leader of two high-profile armed standoffs with U.S. agents whose Bundy ranching family has decried federal ownership of public land says he'll mount an independent campaign for Nevada governor.

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Ryan Bundy said Thursday that he doesn't think other candidates running to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval would properly protect states' rights.

RELATED: Bundy family speaks out after charges dismissed in Nevada case

The 45-year-old son of Cliven Bundy says he intends to file candidacy papers next Wednesday in Las Vegas and embark on a statewide speaking tour.

Ryan Bundy has won criminal cases over armed confrontations in two states. U.S. charges were dropped in January against him, his father and his brother Ammon in a 2014 standoff in Nevada over a roundup of Bundy cattle.

MORE: Mistrial declared in armed standoff case at Bundy ranch

The brothers also were acquitted after leading a 2016 takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

The Nevada Independent was first to report Bundy's planned candidacy.

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