State Representative Michael Yakubovich has taken himself off the ballot after winning his state Senate primary, due to illness.

The second term Republican from state Senate District 24 topped Barbara Griffin 57.6%-42.5% in the Senate District 17 primary, but was already focused on his medical condition, according to a message on the district website.

"As we approached Election Day, I began to get very sick, and my doctors were initially unable to determine why. After undergoing a battery of tests, I received an unexpected diagnosis and immediately began aggressive treatment," Yakubovich wrote on his website. "While my family and I are hopeful for my recovery, these treatments have temporarily incapacitated me, and I am unable to continue with my campaign."

The Hooksett resident said he spoke with the state Republican party and decided that Keith Murphy of Manchester would take his place on the ballot in the general election. Jane Trisciani is the Democrat on the ballot.

"Keith was a champion of liberty during his four terms in the State House. As a father and a small business owner, Keith knows first-hand the struggles facing Granite State families and businesses," Yakubovich wrote.

He did not disclose details about his condition.

Republican chairman Stephen Stepanek confirmed the decision in a statement, and offered support for the Yakubovich family and Murphy as a replacement.

The change was made following state statues when the need arises.

"Pursuant to RSA 655:38, when a candidate no longer qualifies for office following the Primary Election due to age, domicile, or incapacitating physical or mental disability, the Secretary of State may remove the candidate’s name from the ballot. That candidate’s party may name a new candidate within three days of the notice of a vacancy," the Secretary of State's Office told Seacoast Current.

Yakubovich played the Star Spangled Banner on the violin before a session in June, calling it an honor on his Facebook page.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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