(CN) – Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Steven Cohn was properly left off Tuesday’s ballot in New York because he failed to name a running mate, a state appellate division ruled.
Steven Cohn filed for the gubernatorial race, but petitioner Rus Thompson asked for Cohn’s name to be removed since he did not include a candidate for lieutenant governor.
The trial court granted the petition, and the justices of the Albany-based Third Department Appellate Division affirmed the ruling.
“We cannot agree with Cohn’s contention that a plain reading of this provision contemplates anything other than candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor running and being elected on the same ticket,” the court wrote.
Democrat Andrew Cuomo beat Republican Carl Paladino, 62 percent to 34 percent. While the Tea Party was off the ballot, Jimmy McMillan, sole member of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, picked up 1 percent of the vote.