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Danbury’s Boughton suspends gubernatorial campaign

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (CTNJ file photo)
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (CTNJ file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Republican gubernatorial candidate and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton suspended his campaign Wednesday and abandoned his primary challenge of party-endorsed candidate Tom Foley. In a press release, he urged supporters to back Foley.

Boughton’s sudden departure from the race leaves Senate Minority Leader John McKinney alone in challenging Foley, the party’s 2010 nominee, in an August primary. Both seek to challenge incumbent Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“I entered this campaign because Connecticut is headed in the wrong direction and I believe a positive, reform-minded Republican can challenge Dan Malloy and win in November 2014. I now believe all Republicans should unite behind the endorsed candidates, Tom Foley and Penny Bacchiochi,” he said. Bacchiochi is the party-endorsed lieutenant governor candidate.

Republican primary voters paired Boughton and Foley in 2010. Boughton appeared on the ticket as Foley’s lieutenant governor candidate but the partnership was a strained one.

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