Petitions Due Wednesday for Connecticut's Third-Party Candidates

Aug 6, 2014

Wednesday is the deadline for two candidates hoping to petition their way on to the November gubernatorial ballot to submit voters’ signatures.

Tea Party Leader Joe Visconti and former state legislator and blogger Jonathan Pelto have until 4:00 pm to submit the signatures of the 7,500 registered voters required to earn a spot on the ballot.

"This is not a slam dunk for either of them," said Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant capitol bureau chief on WNPR's Where We Live.

Both candidates said they believe voters are looking for another option on Election Day besides Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and the two Republicans running in next week's primary, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.

Pelto said many educators are backing his campaign, while Visconti said he's receiving strong support from gun rights activists.