- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

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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