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Matthew A. Doheny is “still evaluating” how to proceed in the wake of his loss to Elise M. Stefanik in the Republican primary election, according to his spokesman David M. Catalfamo.

Mr. Doheny, who lost the election by more than 20 points, will still remain on the ballot as the Independence Party candidate in November unless, by some legal wrangling, his campaign manages to remove him from the contest by nominating him for an open seat in a judicial race somewhere in the state.

Mr. Doheny could always opt to campaign on the Independence Party line, but he would have little chance of winning the race and would risk splitting the ticket, taking votes away from the Republican nominee, as happened to him in the 2010 race.

There is no indication yet as to how Mr. Doheny will proceed, though the Stefanik campaign is no doubt eager to learn of his decision as it moves forward into a race with Democrat Aaron G. Woolf, a documentary filmmaker with a home in Elizabethtown, and Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello, a bakery and cafe owner from Glens Falls.

On Wednesday, Ms. Stefanik’s press secretary Charlotte Guyette released the following statement:

“Elise has continued meeting with Republicans, Democrats and Independents from across the 21st District who agree we need a new generation of leadership in Washington. We’re excited about the support and continued encouragement the campaign has received during the past few weeks, and Elise is working hard to keep the momentum going during the coming months.

“We respect Matt Doheny and his efforts in the past. We hope he will give Republicans their best opportunity to win back this seat in November.”

— DPF

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