As votes are tallied, it is now apparent the Independence Party will drop from Line C to Line E on the ballot.
Final tallies from the City of New York boosted the Working Families Party enough to surely claim Line D. The Conservatives surged behind Carl Paladino to grab Line C.
The Indy's have had the C line for the past eight years, having claimed it in 2002 with Tom Golisano's all out effort for governor and narrowly holding it four years ago by running Eliot Spitzer. The cross endorse gambit with Andrew Cuomo didn't work so well this year, as the Acorn fell close to the tree.
The drop in ballot position likely weakens somewhat the appeal of the Indy line which has been a sought after nomination. However, there is always a market for a second line as candidates scramble for an edge.
Meanwhile New York has avoided the dubious honor as having the nation's lowest turnout...We are next to last.
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