Gubernatorial hopefuls seek backing of 3rd parties

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s gubernatorial candidates are already mulling how to get their names on the November ballot — not once, but twice.

All are aware Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s cross-endorsement by the Connecticut Working Families Party helped him win in 2010. So, candidates this year are actively seeking the backing of the Working Families Party as well as the Connecticut Independent Party.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton calls it “an important strategy and an important path to getting to the governor’s office.”

The Working Families Party is meeting June 21 to hear from candidates seeking its endorsement. Malloy, Republican Sen. John McKinney and petitioning candidate Jonathan Pelto will address the crowd.

The Republicans’ endorsed candidate, Tom Foley, says he hopes to also secure the Independent Party’s backing.

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