Doug Hoffman has about three times as many signatures as he needs to appear on the Republican primary ballot on Sept. 15, and Matt Doheny has almost seven times as many.
Doheny, a Watertown investor, got 8,691 signatures, according to his spokeswoman Alison Power.
Hoffman, a Saranac Lake-based businessman and accountant, got about 3,600 signatures, Upstate New York Tea Party Chairman Mark Barie said Thursday. UNYTEA members gathered about 2,000 of those signatures, Barie said. Congressional candidates need 1,250 signatures to get on the Democratic or Republican ballot.
Incumbent Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, filed 402 pages of petitions, according to the state Board of Elections. He got more than 3,000 signatures, according to campaign spokesman Clay Schroers, with pages that had room for 10 signatures each. He also collected 32 pages of signatures to run on the Working Families Party line; this party has also endorsed him, guaranteeing him that slot.
Legal challenges to petitions are common, which is why candidates often try to gather many more signatures than they need, in case some are thrown out.
Doheny filed 606 pages of petitions, according to the state Board of Elections website, and Hoffman filed 464. Doheny's petitions had room for 20 signatures per page, and Hoffman's had room for 10.
Doheny also got 1,345 signatures to run on the Independence line. Hoffman got 64 pages of signatures to run on the Conservative line, or 640 at 10 signatures per page. This puts both men above the minimum requirements for these lines.
The Independence Party has formally endorsed Doheny, assuring him that ballot line in the November election. The state Conservative Party has not formally endorsed Hoffman, but state party Chairman Mike Long has said he can have that line if he runs, and a number of local Conservative parties have.
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