Lost a bit in the shuffle on primary night is the confirmation that the race for the 22nd congressional district will be a three-way contest.
Businessman Martin Babinec has secured the Reform Party ballot line, his campaign confirmed, setting up a race between Democrat Kim Myers and the victor of the Republican primary, state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.
“Thanks to strong grassroots support, Martin Babinec tonight secured a ballot spot in November on the Reform Line defeating Claudia Tenney,” said Babinec campaign spokesman David Catalfamo.
Babinec had previously sought the Independence Party’s ballot line, and had gained the party’s endorsement.
The Reform line was first organized in 2014 by Republican gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino, who had initially formed it as the Stop Common Core ballot line. The name change came after the election to reflect a broader range of issues, including term limits for elected officials.
The 22nd congressional district, which covers parts of central New York, the Mohawk Valley and the Southern Tier, is being vacated at the end of the year by Rep. Richard Hanna.