HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The majority of the Republican candidates hoping to defeat Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November are facing off in their first debate.
Five of the six candidates are scheduled to appear on Friday at the Mark Twain House.
The list includes Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Avon attorney Martha Dean and former West Hartford Town Councilman Joe Visconti are expected to attend. Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, the party’s candidate in 2010, is not anticipated to appear.
Connecticut Republicans are endorsing candidates for the party’s slate on May 16 and 17. Some candidates said they hope to win enough support at the convention to wage a primary.
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