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Candidates looking to run for Congress are starting petitioning on this unseasonably warm first day of spring.
Republicans need 938 signatures from registered Rs who live in the district to get on the ballot and potentially force a June 26 primary.
The general election to take on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, takes place in November.
Matt Doheny, a Watertown Republican, has a huge organizational advantage over Kellie Greene, a Sackets Harbor Republican.
That's because he's been endorsed by nearly every committee in the 21st Congressional District. And what do county committee members do? They go out and they get petitions.
At the Jefferson County GOP meeting on Saturday, Republican officials were handing party faithful packets with maps and designating petition forms to help Mr. Doheny get on the ballot.
Ms. Greene has taken to social media, her website, and personal appeals to try to get to 938.
"New York Redistricting of Congressional Lines is finally complete," the campaign writes in a Facebook post. "Welcome to the new District 21!!!! Ballot petitions begin today and we are ready to go! If you would like to help, please let us know. We need registered republicans and conservatives in our district who are willing to carry and/or sign petitions."
The new congressional district, approved by a federal judge yesterday, hasn't changed since Roanne Mann's original proposal. It's posted at right.

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