- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Republicans will likely go to the polls on primary day in the governor’s race but several other statewide contests also may involve primaries.

At Saturday’s Republican State Convention, candidates for lieutenant governor, treasurer, comptroller and attorney general garnered at least the required 15 percent of delegate support.

While it was unclear how many of the candidates will ultimately press ahead with a primary challenge, two candidates for lieutenant governor have already said they plan to continue their efforts.

State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi won the party’s endorsement for lieutenant governor. But her two foes, former U.S. Comptroller David Walker and Groton Town Council member Heather Somers, both said they plan to run in the Aug. 12 primary.

“Our state has a bright future and we will get there with the right Republican leadership,” Walker said.

Walker and Senate Minority Leader and gubernatorial candidate John McKinney announced Saturday that they were teaming up, while Somers is running with gubernatorial candidate and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.

Both McKinney and Boughton qualified to participate in the gubernatorial primary and said they intend to pursue primary campaigns. Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, who has not named a running mate, won the party’s endorsement for governor.

Republicans endorsed Kie Westby for attorney general, Sharon McLaughlin for comptroller and Timothy Herbst for treasurer.

On Friday, Democrats nominated all their incumbent constitutional officers, including Attorney General George Jepsen, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Treasurer Denise Nappier and Secretary of the State Denise Nappier.

Republicans on Friday endorsed Peter Lumaj for secretary of the state.

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