One of the candidates for the 90th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives announced Friday he does not have the signatures needed to get on the Democratic ballot for the May 16 primary and is dropping out of the race.
"The last count I had was about 150," Doug Hodges, 59, of Upton, Pa., said.
State election law requires 300 valid signatures for a House candidate's name to be placed on the ballot.
"I was told you should have 400 or even 600" to safely stave off any challenges to a petition, Hodges said. Petitions for state and national office have to be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State by Tuesday, March 7, according to Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers.
"One problem I faced this week was a broken toe and flu-like symptoms which curtailed my ability to collect signatures," Hodges wrote in his withdrawal announcement.