Massachusetts GOP certifies Mark Fisher for ballot

In this photo taken on Saturday, March 22, 2014, Mark Fisher, the tea party hopeful in the Republican gubernatorial nomination process, waves to before delivering his address to attendees at the Massachusetts Republican state convention in Boston. Fisher is suing the State GOP contesting the decision not to include him on the party's primary ballot. Party officials said Fisher received 14.765 percent of the delegate vote, just shy of the 15 percent required. The party counted blank votes toward the total. Had those not been included, Fisher would have qualified. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BOSTON (AP) — Tea party-affiliated candidate Mark Fisher is one step closer to the Republican primary ballot for governor.

On Monday the state party officially certified Fisher, who went to court to try to get on the ballot after he said party officials violated their own vote-counting rules at the party’s state convention in March to block him.

Fisher is still seeking monetary damages from the party.

He must still deliver more than 10,000 certified signatures to the state secretary’s office. Fisher said he’s collected the signatures and State Secretary William Galvin’s office said Friday that local clerks have certified more than the 10,000 needed signatures.

The signatures must still be collected and delivered to Galvin’s office to ensure Fisher a ballot spot.

He’ll face the party’s endorsed candidate, Charlie Baker, in September.

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