Democratic Rep. Bill Owens and Republican Matt Doheny's hopes of picking up third-party votes could be at risk after challenges were filed to those petitions.
Mr. Owens was hoping for the Working Families Party line, while Mr. Doheny was aiming for the Independence Party line.
Don Lee, the Clinton County GOP chairman, filed the Working Families challenge with the Board of Elections today. He was an early supporter of Mr. Doheny's second effort at beating Mr. Owens.
"We have just a few inconsistencies with names and towns. We're just checking on that, to make sure they're on the up and up," Mr. Lee said.
Mr. Owens took in 6,383 votes on the labor-backed Working Families line in 2010, which was more than his 2,000-vote margin of victory that year.
And Edmund C. Jasewicz filed a challenge to Mr. Doheny's Independence Party petitions today, too.
Both challenges must be substantiated by April 25.
I'll add here that it doesn't appear that Kellie Greene's Republican petitions will be challenged, and thus, June 26 is on.
Ms. Greene, the Republican candidate of Sackets Harbor, has personally challenged Mr. Doheny's Conservative Party signatures. The Doheny camp itself has said that it's got plenty to spare on both the Conservative and Independence lines.
Keep in mind that these are as of yet general challenges which will be substantiated at a later date.
Of the three campaigns, Mr. Doheny's was the only one to respond to requests for comment.
"Matt Doheny believes that all those on the ballot should qualify in accordance to the law, especially those who make them," said spokesman Jude Seymour in an email. "Matt has demonstrated more than adequate community support and we look forward to him being the Republican, Independence and Conservative candidate in this fall's election."