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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Foley Wins Big on 1st GOP Roll Call, but Faces August Primary

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Uncasville – Tom Foley, who lost a historically close election for governor in 2010, today was overwhelmingly endorsed by the Republican State Convention for a second try at defeating Democrat Dannel P. Malloy, but he failed to block two rivals from qualifying for a GOP primary in August.

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Tom Foley accepts the GOP endorsement. His wife, Leslie, stands with one of their twins. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was the only other candidate to clear the 15-percent threshold necessary for a primary at the end of the first roll call, but Foley appeared to direct supporters to switch to Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney of Fairfield. His rationale: He was better positioned to win three-way primary than a head-to-head race.

Boughton had 24 percent before switching began, while McKinney fell short at 13 percent. The other candidates, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and Joseph Visconti of West Hartford, languished below 5 percent. Visconti pledged to petition for a spot on the primary ballot, while Lauretti was uncertain about continuing.

All three candidates for lieutenant governor exceeded the threshold for a primary, with Penny Bacchiochi winning the endorsement with 51 percent. The others: Heather Bond Somers, 35.6 percent; and David Walker, 17.5 percent.

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