GOP’s Fisher to file lawsuit to get on ballot

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Mark Fisher is planning to head to court after falling short of the support needed to earn a spot as a candidate for governor on the primary ballot.

A spokeswoman for Fisher said Monday the Shrewsbury businessman was going to ask a judge to intervene in the case, which has threatened to cause a rift among Massachusetts Republicans.

Fisher has already been looking to raise money for a possible challenge to the vote at the recent GOP state convention.

Charlie Baker easily won the party’s endorsement for governor.

Party officials said Fisher, a tea party member, received 14.765 percent of the delegate vote, just shy of the 15 percent required to force a September primary with Baker.

The party counted blank votes toward the total. Had the blanks not been included, Fisher would have qualified.

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