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Republican Boughton Suspends Connecticut Governor Campaign

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is suspending his campaign to be the next governor of Connecticut, saying he's throwing his support behind Tom Foley, the Republican Party's endorsed candidate.

The mayor got enough support at the recent Republican convention to wage a primary fight against Foley. But Boughton needed to pool his campaign funds with a running mate in order to qualify for public financing and it has become questionable in recent days whether that could happen.

Boughton's original running mate decided to run alone in the lieutenant governor primary. Boughton's second pick, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, needed to submit 8,190 signatures to petition his way onto the GOP primary ballot. But there was a strong possibility that not enough qualified signatures were submitted.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney is also running for the GOP nomination.

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