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21st Congressional District Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb’s effort to appear on another ballot line in November was struck down on Wednesday by the state Board of Elections.

According to a news release by the Cobb campaign, the campaign was 343 signatures short, following a challenge by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s, R-Willsboro, campaign of Cobb’s plan to run on a “CD 21 Unites” ballot line.

Two Republicans, Steve Ramant of Hague and Craig Sweet of Queensbury, found more than 2,500 alleged irregularities with the help of a large team of fellow Stefanik supporters and campaign staff.

The Cobb campaign issued a statement following the ruling, stating that the campaign was confident many of the signatures would be authenticated in court. However, the campaign said Cobb opted to not challenge the ruling and, instead, use resources to talk with voters about issues and not allocate funds toward attorneys.

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“I want to thank the volunteer signature gatherers who, in a very short time frame, had over 3,500 conversations with voters from every party affiliation as well as those who don’t identify with a party. We cannot overlook the fact that hundreds of volunteers have collected over 8,800 signatures in support of my campaign.”

The state Board of Elections requires candidates to collect 3,500 valid signatures in order to run on a separate party line.

Stefanik’s campaign communications director, Lenny Alcivar, released the following statement after the ruling by email:

“The bipartisan New York State Board of Elections, after reviewing objections, found that Tedra Cobb did not have enough valid signatures to run on the ‘CD 21 Unites’ line,” Alcivar wrote.

Stefanik will appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party ballot lines in November.

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