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Marcellino files for ballot line, but Dems say he fell short

State Sen. Carl Marcellino poses for a portrait

State Sen. Carl Marcellino poses for a portrait at Nassau GOP headquarters on Monday, June 20, 2016. Credit: James Escher

Republican state Sen. Carl Marcellino, embroiled in a heated re-election fight, has filed petitions to get an extra ballot line, dubbed the Tax Revolt Party, for the fall election.

But backers of his Democratic opponent James Gaughran said the Syosset lawmaker filed only 1,218 signatures, nearly 2,000 short of the 3,000 he needs for the ballot line and they are filing objections with the state Board of Elections.

A spokeswoman for Marcellino declined to comment.

Marcellino, and freshman Sen. Michael Venditto both filed signatures to get an extra ballot line as a hedge against potential fallout from an ongoing corruption scandal in Oyster Bay. Both men already have the Conservative, Independence and Reform Party lines. Gaughran, meanwhile, has the Working Families and Womens Equality lines.

GOP Assemb. Joseph Saladino has also filed petitions to get a Tax Revolt line.

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