HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Just as Connecticut Republicans are gearing up for a primary election next month, one of the gubernatorial hopefuls, Tom Foley, is calling on a fellow Republican to drop out of the race, WCBS 880’s Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.
Republican candidate John McKinney says he has no intention of dropping out of the race for governor. He said he continues to work hard out on the campaign trail to earn the party’s endorsement and the voters’ trust when they decide the issue at the polls on August 12.
“Maybe Tom’s used to buying things or getting things handed to him, but this is something, this Republican nomination to run against Dan Malloy, to be the governor of the state of Connecticut, is something that has to be earned through hard work,” McKinney told Schneidau.
McKinney says at this point, the race between the two candidates is neck and neck, with the decision by voters to come in just a couple of weeks. Tom Foley says he wants McKinney to drop out and endorse him, Schneidau reported.
A Quinnipiac University poll released in June showed Gov. Malloy with lackluster numbers.
Poll Director Douglas Schwartz told Schneidau that only 44 percent of those questioned said Malloy deserves to be reelected, while 46 percent said he doesn’t deserve it.
“It’s not a terrible number, but it’s not a number that’s going to make an incumbent feel comfortable for reelection either,” Schwartz said.
Foley ran against Malloy in the governor’s race three years ago and was formerly a United States Ambassador to Ireland.
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