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Barring some sort of clerical snafu, north country voters will have a choice on June 26 between Republicans Matt Doheny and Kellie Greene.

The two candidates are hoping to take on Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, on Nov. 6.

Mr. Doheny, of Watertown, filed more than 6,000 signatures to get on the ballot; he needed 938. So he's safe.

Ms. Greene, of Sackets Harbor, also filed petitions to get on the ballot. She filed 182 pages of signatures, which should be enough qualify her for the ballot, as long as there are six valid signatures for every sheet she sent in (there are 20 spots per sheet).

The campaigns have three days to challenge one another's petitions before the state Board of Elections.

Mr. Doheny also appears to have enough signatures for the Conservative and Independence Party lines — and he's received the endorsements for both those parties.

But his campaign did jump the gun a little bit in a statement when it said "It is the first time all three lines have been united in the north country district since 2008."

Those three lines aren't yet united — Mr. Doheny has only won the Independence line officially, and he'll get the Conservative line soon enough. But it seems likely that Mr. Doheny will face off against Ms. Greene in a June 26 primary — so the three lines aren't yet united, really. It's the first time the three lines will have the opportunity to be united, yes.

Mr. Owens filed for the Working Families Party.

Don Hassig, an environmental advocate who has said he'll run on the Green Party's line, has yet to file. Campaigns have until end of business today to file before the state Board of Elections in person; the petitions could also arrive in the mail.

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