NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino says he’s locked up a second ballot line for the November elections by filing nearly 30,000 signatures on a petition.

The Buffalo developer petitioned his way to forcing a Republican primary Sept. 14 against Republican Rick Lazio for the GOP nomination. Paladino sought a second line to attract Democrats and independent votes and to offset Lazio’s Conservative Party line.

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The petition for the Taxpayers line is subject to a challenge by Lazio’s campaign.

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The winner in September will be the Republican nominee against Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the better financed and more popular attorney general.

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Paladino says the signatures were gathered by more than 2,000 volunteers statewide at county fairs and concerts and neighborhood gatherings.