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Lauretti Petition Drive Reaches Homestretch

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Mark Boughton, Mark Lauretti (Courtesy CT-N)

Mark Boughton, Mark Lauretti (Courtesy CT-N)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Last-minute efforts are underway to collect the signatures needed to petition Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti onto the Republican primary ballot for lieutenant governor.

Lauretti had until 4 p.m. Tuesday to submit the 8,190 signatures of registered Republicans to registrars of voters across Connecticut.

Lauretti has teamed up with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who won enough support at the Republican convention to run the gubernatorial primary.

If Lauretti collects enough signatures, the two plan to pool their funds to qualify as a ticket for public campaign financing.

Heath Fahle (FAH’-lee), Boughton’s campaign spokeswoman, says more than 8,190 signatures have been collected, but they need to be verified as legitimate, registered GOP voters. Fahle said he’s “cautiously optimistic” the campaign will have enough.

Petitions will be submitted to registrars in 87 communities.

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