HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican Brian K. Hill says he’s suspending his run for Connecticut’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Hill announced Friday that he hasn’t collected the necessary number of signatures to secure a spot in the Aug. 14 GOP primary.

He previously failed to garner the support of 15 percent of the delegates at the Republican State Convention to qualify for the primary.

A former Judge Advocate General attorney from Hartford, Hill maintained he’s the only candidate who could “shave off enough votes” in the cities to get a Republican elected to the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Hill said Republicans need to “think outside the box” when they choose a candidate. He said the party has tried to elect wealthy candidates from Fairfield County who lose.

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