Libertarian congressional candidate Lucas Overby got some disappointing news Thursday after completing his grass-roots effort to gather 1,172 valid petitions to get his name on the ballot.
He was 19 short.
Overby, who wants to run in Pinellas County's open congressional seat, had gathered 1,386 petitions with help from volunteers. Collecting that many signature from registered voters who believed Overby should be on the ballot would save him the $10,400 filing fee.
It's normal in such cases to have some petitions thrown out. Sometimes people don't realize their registration has lapsed or that they live in different districts. When the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections told Overby he had fallen just short, he said it was "a little heartbreaking for the team."
Now, he said the campaign is seeking enough contributions to pay the filing fee before noon Tuesday.
Republican candidate David Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink also are running in the special election to find a successor to the late C.W. Bill Young. The primary will be Jan. 14 and the general election will be March 11.