Joe Lieberman easily gathered the 7,500 signatures needed to continue his reelection campaign for Senate in Connecticut.
The certification means that Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 and a presidential candidate in 2004, will run for re-election as part of the Connecticut for Lieberman party against Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Alan Schlesinger.
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said her office validated 8,215 signatures before employees stopped counting. The campaign collected more than 18,500 signatures, but Bysiewicz’s office did not validate them all because they were not needed.
“We are happy to have cleared this hurdle, so we can focus on bringing people together in Connecticut for a new politics of unity and purpose,” said Dan Gerstein, Lieberman’s campaign spokesman.
It appears as though Lieberman will be reelected. A recent poll had the incumbent ahead of Lamont by 12 percentage points.