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Chris Shays

Visconti Qualifies For Governor's Race

Visconti Qualifies For Governor's Race

HARTFORD — Joe Visconti has muscled his way onto the November ballot, securing at least 7,500 signatures in his grassroots quest for the state's highest office.

But the tea party Republican, critic of the Common Core and defender of gun owners' rights faces an even tougher challenge ahead. He now will compete against two candidates for governor — Democrat Dannel P. Malloy and Republican Tom Foley — who have multimillion-dollar advertising budgets, massive, data-driven campaign organizations and Super PACs waiting to weigh in on their behalf.

Visconti, 57, is undaunted. The former town council member from West Hartford said he is hoping for a boost from...