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Pelto, Visconti prepare to turn in their petitions

Jonathan Pelto signs Joe Visconti’s petition Wednesday at a state Board of Education meeting. (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Jonathan Pelto signs Joe Visconti’s petition Wednesday at a state Board of Education meeting. (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – With less than a month left to petition onto the gubernatorial ballot, third party candidates Jonathan Pelto and Joe Visconti both say they’re confident they will collect the requisite 7,500 signatures.

Pelto, a liberal blogger and former Democratic lawmaker, and Visconti, a conservative former West Hartford councilman, have both enlisted the help of volunteers to gather signatures.

Their efforts have potentially set up a four-way governor’s race in November. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is seeking re-election while his 2010 rival, Tom Foley, has again won the Republican nod and is facing Senate Minority Leader John McKinney in a primary race on Aug. 12.

With Malloy and Foley virtually tied in the most recent Quinnipiac poll, the presence of third-party candidates on the ballot could have a significant impact on the election. Both third-party candidates say they are well on their way to collecting the necessary 7,500 signatures to earn a spot on the ballot.

However, the process of getting those signatures qualified is difficult.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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