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Southern Charm star, former treasurer Thomas Ravenel certified for Senate ballot

Thomas Ravenel, pictured here during his appearance in July to turn in petition signatures, has been certified for the November ballot. Thomas Ravenel, pictured here during his appearance in July to turn in petition signatures, has been certified for the November ballot.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Current reality television star and former South Carolina state treasurer Thomas Ravenel has garnered enough petition signatures to be certified as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Ravenel, who is currently a member of the cast of the Bravo! reality show hit "Southern Charm," received word Wednesday that he will appear on the November ballot.

The ex-treasurer turned in 17,000 signatures to file for election on July 14.

Ravenel became state treasurer in 2007, but he resigned months after his election when he was charged with buying cocaine for himself and his friends. He pleaded guilty and spent 10 months in prison.

Sen. Graham easily cruised to the GOP nomination by dispatching several Tea Party-backed challengers in the June primary.

The Democrats, meanwhile, have state Sen. Brad Hutto challenging Graham and Ravenel.

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