Republicans gather to pick challenger for Malloy

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — Some 2,000 Republicans are flocking to Mohegan Sun Casino this weekend for a party convention where they’ll officially endorse a candidate to challenge Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who accepted his party’s endorsement Friday night.

There are 1253 delegates. It takes 627 (50 percent plus one) to get the nomination, and 15 percent or 188 to qualify for a primary.

These are the party activists that the candidates have been visiting and trying to convince for the past many months to give them the nod for governor.

Most observers believe Greenwich businessman Tom Foley has the upper hand to get the convention nomination.

“I admire Tom Foley’s approach to things,” said Joan Edgerly of Meriden. “I admire the fact that last time he was willing to not take the money (public funding).”

“I’m for Mark Boughton,” Mary Lyon of Washignton said. “He’s from our side of the state and he’s done a very good job with Danbury. He’s promoted business and Danbury.”

“I’m choosing John McKinney,” said Greg Stokes of Enfield. “I’ve known John for a number of years and he’s been productive as Minority Leader.”

“I’m a little bit undecided, I like both Mr. McKinney and Mr. Boughton,” said Orange resident Pat Ziman, who added that he doesn’t think Foley has the experience necessary to run a state.\

We should know the outcome of the delegate vote for governor by early afternoon Saturday.

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