This New York Times story explains that the Conservative Party nominee for State Senate, 31st district, in 2010, was deceased before the party nominated him. Dr. Raphael M. Klapper, of the Bronx, died in May 2010. But during June and July, a petition was circulated to qualify him for the Conservative Party primary. He was dutifully nominated without opposition, and his name appeared on the November 2010 ballot. An investigation is underway to determine how this happened. Most of the district is in Manhattan.
The Conservative Party nominated 55 candidates for the 62 New York State Senate seats last year. They included 47 candidates who were also Republican nominees, one candidate who was also the Democratic nominee, and 7 candidates who weren’t the nominee of any other party. Dr. Klapper was one of the party’s nominees who wasn’t also a major party nominee. In the general election he received 1.62% of the vote. By contrast, in 2008, when the Conservative Party also ran someone in this district who wasn’t a major party nominee, the Conservative nominee only received .74%. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.