Scott Murphy will be on the Independence line this November.
Both Rep. Murphy, D-Glens Falls, and his Republican opponent Chris Gibson had sought the line of the third-largest party in New York's 20th Congressional District. However, the party's state committee endorsed Murphy, and as neither is an Independence Party member, they would need a certificate of support from the party to run on its line. Murphy is the only one who got such a certificate, commonly called a "Wilson-Pakula" after the 1947 law introducing the requirement, according to the Times Union of Albany.
The Warren and Columbia county Independence parties endorsed Gibson, and both candidates collected signatures for that ballot line.
The Independence Party had 25,880 members in the district on April 1, compared to 186,735 Republicans and 124,561 Democrats. Out of the district's 460,046 registered voters, 110,659 aren't registered with a party and the rest are members of various smaller parties.
Murphy got 6,754 votes on the Independence line when he was elected in 2009, far in excess of his 726-vote margin of victory over Republican Jim Tedisco, a Glenville Assemblyman.
The Independence party is backing Matt Doheny in the neighboring 23rd Congressional District. Doheny will run in a Republican primary in September against Doug Hoffman, who has the Conservative Party's support. The incumbent in the 23rd is Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
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