And then there was one.
The state Board of Elections met Friday and officially invalidated petitions submitted by Ilion attorney Audrey Dunning, who filed to run on the Democratic and Women's Equality Party lines in the 51st Senate District, and Ontario County Legislator Charlie Evangelista, a Democrat who was vying for his party's nomination in the 54th District.
With Dunning and Evangelista off the ballot, there won't be Democratic primaries in the 51st and 54th districts.
John Conklin, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections, said Dunning's Women's Equality Party petition was invalid because she didn't receive the required authorization from the party to run on its line.
Objections were filed against Dunning's Democratic petitions after she submitted 1,017 signatures — only 17 more than the minimum required to be eligible for the primary ballot.
A review invalidated 112 signatures, Conklin said. That left Dunning with 905 valid signatures and led to her removal from the ballot.
Conklin said there was a hearing on Dunning's petitions, but no one from her campaign made an appearance. He added that she has three days to file a legal challenge in an attempt to validate her petitions.
With Dunning off the ballot in the 51st, that leaves Army veteran Jermaine Bagnall-Graham as the lone Democratic candidate. His Democratic and Working Families Party petitions were validated by the board Friday.
Without a primary opponent, he'll focus his attention on the general election campaign against incumbent Republican state Sen. Jim Seward.
Seward, R-Milford, will appear on four ballot lines: Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform.
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In the 54th District, objections were filed against Evangelista's petitions which resulted in him not having enough valid signatures to appear on the primary ballot.
Earlier this week, Evangelista announced he was exiting the race. That leaves Kenan Baldridge as the only Democratic candidate in the race. He'll face the winner of a crowded Republican primary which includes the GOP's endorsed candidate, Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming, and Canandaigua businessman Floyd Rayburn.
In other news:
• Baldridge's Working Families Party petitions were invalidated by the state Board of Elections. He'll appear on the Democratic line, but he won't be on any of the minor party lines.
• For now, there is a five-way GOP primary in the 54th District. It could be a six-way primary if Cayuga County businessman Bobby Massarini is victorious in his court case.
Massarini said he's still awaiting a state Supreme Court judge's ruling, which is expected Monday. He made arguments earlier this week to reinstate 209 signatures that were thrown out by a state Board of Elections official.
• State Sen. John DeFrancisco, who represents the 50th Senate District won't face any major party opposition this year. No Democrats filed to run against the incumbent Republican. He'll have the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.
Along with DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, Assemblyman Bob Oaks is running unopposed in the 130th Assembly District this year. He has the Republican and Conservative ballot lines for his re-election bid.
• The 126th Assembly District race will feature two candidates on multiple ballot lines.
The incumbent, Assemblyman Gary Finch, will run on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. His opponent, Diane Dwire, has the Democratic, Working Families and Women's Equality ballot lines.