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.
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