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Foley wins nomination, but it will be a three-way primary

Tom Foley accept the nomination. (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)
Tom Foley accepts the nomination. (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Tom Foley, the 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate, clinched his party’s nomination Saturday with more than 57 percent of the 1,200 Republican Convention delegates at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center.

But some last-minute deals will make it a three-way Republican primary and one may try while the other will try to get the more than 8,000 signatures he needs to on the ballot.

Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton received enough support to automatically qualify for the August primary. Boughton had strong support and easily surpassed the 15 percent he needed after the end of the first ballot, but McKinney needed to strike some last-minute deals in order to reach the threshold..

“We’re going to focus on Gov. Malloy’s record, which is really terrible and really has harmed families and hurt everyone in Connecticut,” Foley said. “We’ve got to turn this state around, people are looking for a new direction and they’re looking for new leadership and I’m looking forward to providing it.”

Foley said primaries can be a good thing for parties, or a “not-so-good” thing. He said the 2010 Republican primary including former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, himself and Oz Griebel fell into the latter category.

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One response to “Foley wins nomination, but it will be a three-way primary”

  1. John Hamlin

    Nice guy that he is, Malloy probably doesn’t deserve reelection because of the way that he sold the state to the public employee unions and further trashed the economy (even though he inherited a mess). But the alternative that the Republicans have nominated doesn’t seem to propose anything — or at least anything that has any viable chance of working — it’s all just negative — once again, fairly or unfairly, the Republicans appear to be the party of “no.” We need Scott Walker or Andrew Cuomo or someone with the public good in mind, regardless of party special interests.

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