The left-leaning Working Families and Green parties will also boost their ballot status, claiming the No. 4 and No. 6 ballot spots, respectively, for the next four years. In New York, a party needs to tally at least 50,000 votes in the governor's race to be guaranteed a spot on ballots and avoid having to petition for them.
The Conservatives tallied 232,263 votes for Paladino, whom longtime party chairman Mike Long once dismissed as "a dangerous candidate." Long changed his tune after the Tea Party-backed businessman trounced the Conservatives' first choice, Rick Lazio, in the Republican primary.