McKinney seeking upset in GOP governor primary

Republican candidate for governor John McKinney speaks at a debate held at the Hartford Courant building Thursday, July 17, 2014, for the two Republicans running for governor in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Hartford Courant, Brad Horrigan, Pool)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial contender John McKinney is hoping to upset his party’s endorsed candidate by appealing to the average GOP voter.

The minority leader of Connecticut’s state Senate tells The Associated Press he believes the Republican Party has “clearly taken a partisan role in favor” of Tom Foley, even though the primary will ultimately decide the party’s nominee.

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Republican State Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. contends he hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the Aug. 12 primary. He says the party is taking steps to prepare for the general election against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

McKinney hopes his message of fiscal conservativeness will resonate with registered Republicans. McKinney acknowledges he’s the underdog but says these are “unusual times,” pointing to the recent primary defeat of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

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