Senate Candidate Peter Schiff has become the first person to qualify for statewide office in Connecticut through the state's petition system which was established in 2003.
"We are thrilled to hear the news that our efforts have proved successful," said Peter Schiff. "Connecticut Republicans now have a alternative: a wrestling promoter or a businessman and economist. Given the state of our economy, I think the choice is clear."
The Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced this morning at 11 am that Peter Schiff had collected enough signatures to appear on the ballot for the August 10th primary. Bysiewicz said 8,697 signatures were validated, which is about 70% of what was turned in. Also on the ballot are Linda McMahon, who won the convention in May, and Rob Simmons, who has suspended his campaign but remains on the ballot.
Schiff needed 8,268 signatures to get on the ballot, and was required to turn them in by June 8th. The Schiff campaign was unsure if they collected enough signatures, but guessed there could have been 12,000 or more collected. That estimate proved to be fairly accurate.