- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate John McKinney and his running mate David Walker are set to receive $1.35 million in public financing for their primary race.

Members of Connecticut’s State Elections Enforcement Commission approved the grant on Wednesday.

McKinney, the state Senate minority leader, teamed up with Walker after the Republican State Convention in May. They pooled their campaign funds and submitted the $250,000 in small contributions of $100 or less needed to qualify for the public funding.

If McKinney ultimately defeats the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, in the Aug. 12 primary, he will receive an additional $6.5 million for the general election where he will face Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Foley, who does not have a running mate, already qualified for the $1.35 million primary grant.

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