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Boughton, Lauretti deliver petition signatures

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Gubernatorial candidate and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is now waiting to learn whether enough legitimate signatures from Republican voters have been submitted to successfully petition his running mate, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, onto the primary ballot for lieutenant governor.

Boughton's campaign spokesman, Heath Fahle, said more than the required 8,190 signatures were ultimately submitted to registrars of voters in about 90 towns by Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline.

Those registrars now have a week to determine whether the signatures are from legitimate GOP voters. Fahle said he's ``cautiously optimistic'' the campaign will have enough.

If Lauretti qualifies for the Aug. 15 GOP primary, he and Boughton plan to pool their campaign funds to qualify as a ticket for public campaign financing for the primary.

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