Skoufis, Rabbitt keep Reform lines in write-in primaries

Senate candidates James Skoufis and Annie Rabbitt both beat back write-in challenges on Thursday to keep the Reform Party ballot line for the general election.

Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat running for the 39th Senate District seat, and Rabbitt, a Greenwood Lake Republican seeking the 42nd District, both had been cross-endorsed to run on the low-vote Reform line on Nov. 6. But opponents in both races filed what are known as opportunity-to-ballot petitions to force primaries in which voters – those enrolled in the Reform Party or who had no party – could either check a box for the endorsed candidate or write in another name.

Skoufis, a third-term assemblyman who faces Stony Point Republican Tom Basile in the general election, stomped the write-in votes by 899-56. That gives him four ballot lines and Basile three lines in November.

Skoufis celebrated the outcome as a “great win for our campaign” in a press release on Friday. “This victory demonstrates that the people of Orange, Ulster, and Rockland know full well who is better equipped to clean up Albany and protect the Hudson Valley’s middle-class interests,” he said.

Rabbitt beat the write-ins by 544-462. Pramilla Malick, who lost a Democratic primary to to Jen Metzger on Thursday in the 42nd District race, filed the petition that caused the Reform primary, but Metzger also urged supporters to write in her name in that vote. The number of write-in votes each Democrat got won’t be known until the ballots are read and tallied.

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