- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gun rights advocate Joseph Visconti has qualified to appear as a candidate for Connecticut governor on the November ballot.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday that Visconti and his running mate, Chester Harris, reached the threshold of 7,500 signatures of registered voters needed to appear as petitioning candidates. Visconti had originally sought the Republican Party’s nomination but did not receive enough delegate support at the May convention to qualify for the primary.

Merrill’s office has not yet announced whether former Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Pelto of Mansfield submitted enough qualified signatures to also appear on the ballot.

Visconti, a West Hartford contractor, originally announced his candidacy about 16 months ago, the same day Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a wide-ranging gun control measure into law.

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