Balloting begins for Connecticut GOP candidate

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Balloting has begun at the Connecticut Republican convention, where the GOP is meeting at the Mohegan Sun casino to endorse a candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November.

While delegates are expected to endorse Greenwich businessman Tom Foley on Saturday, the party’s 2010 gubernatorial candidate, there’s a chance at least two other contenders have enough delegate support to wage a primary.

Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said he has commitments from the necessary 15 percent of the 1,253 delegates. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton also expects to have enough support to participate in the August primary.

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and West Hartford businessman Joe Visconti are also seeking the party’s endorsement.

Republican Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. stressed the need for the party to unify to defeat Malloy.

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