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Boughton's running mate says she's running solo

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Groton town councilor Heather Somers says she's running for lieutenant governor on her own and won't pool her campaign funds with Republican gubernatorial candidate and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

Somers announced Thursday she was entering the GOP primary and seeking public financing on her own.

While state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi won the endorsement for lieutenant governor, Somers and David Walker received enough delegate support to qualify for the Aug. 12 primary.

It's unclear how much of a financial blow this means for Boughton, who must raise $250,000 in small contributions to qualify for $1.25 million for the primary and $6 million for the general election. A message was left seeking comment with Boughton's campaign.

Boughton and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney filed paperwork Thursday to run in the gubernatorial primary.

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