All candidates who were not formally endorsed by their parties were required to get signatures from registered members of their parties.
The most daunting effort was by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who entered the race for comptroller three days before the deadline and paid people to gather more than 27,000 signatures in an effort to get the 3,750 valid ones he will need to take on outgoing Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Published reports state that Spitzer’s signatures will be challenged, and party-endorsed candidates are likely to mount challenges in order to knock potential opponents off the primary ballot in the next few weeks.
Any required runoff elections will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 1