Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton wins GOP endorsement for governor

MASHANTUCKET -- Mayor Mark Boughton broke the 50% threshold Saturday evening to officially win the Republican endorsement for governor.

Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst and Steve Obsitnik were the three remaining gubernatorial candidates left to nominate as the third ballot was underway. The final tally was Boughton 50.14%, Herbst with 40.86%, and Obsitnik with 9%.

Senator Joe Markley was also endorsed by Republicans for Lieutenant Governor.

Danbury Mayor Mark Bougton was in the lead following the first delegate count, winning nearly 25 percent of the votes Saturday during the state GOP convention at Foxwoods Casino. The next closest was former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, with nearly 19 percent.

Two candidates — Stamford Chief Financial Officer Michael Handler and Glastonbury state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan — didn't not receive enough support to progress to the second round.

Ultimately, anyone who wins over 15 percent of the delegates will be qualified to participate in the Aug. 14 primary.

Two candidates not nominated Saturday are collecting signatures to petition their way onto the ballot.