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Mark Boughton Wins Republican Endorsement For Governor, But Primary Battle Looms

Mark Boughton Wins Republican Endorsement For Governor, But Primary Battle Looms

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton collected the Republican endorsement at a raucous party convention Saturday, providing him with a key boost for his quest to become Connecticut’s 89th governor.

Boughton beat back a fierce challenge from former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and a surprisingly strong showing from tech entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik. Both men plan to challenge Boughton in a primary.

“Wow!” Boughton exclaimed before thanking his late parents and his supporters Saturday night. This is his third run for the state’s top office, but the first time he has won the party’s endorsement.

“Whether you voted for me or not, I’m gonna earn your vote,’’ Boughton, 54, told...

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