posted by June 13 at 16:01 PMon
Forty-sixth legislative district candidate Scott White is perhaps best known for claiming victory in the nomination battle for his district—hours after his opponent, Gerry Pollet, won the nomination in an initial ballot count, and based on an “extra” ballot found in the home of one of his supporters long after the official counts were over. Pollet, as I’ve written on Slog, was later declared the “official” nominee. That designation, however, doesn’t mean much, because neither candidate can use it on the election ballot—instead, both will run with “prefers Democrat” next to their names, under the new “top two” primary system that goes into effect this year.
Things got even weirder this afternoon, when White—reportedly suffering from pneumonia and ordered to stay home for several weeks—became despondent and decided to withdraw from the race.
However, once he’d submitted his withdrawal form (and spoken to his consultant), White reportedly had a change of heart, and has decided to stay in—a change he will have to make official by 4:30 today.
White did not return calls for comment.