Griebel rebuffs calls to pull out of race, endorse Lamont

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Petitioning independent candidate Oz Griebel is rejecting a request from organizations supporting abortion rights and stronger gun laws to withdraw from Connecticut’s close governor’s race.

The organizations, which describe themselves as politically progressive, want Griebel to endorse Democrat Ned Lamont.

Related: News 8 talks 1-on-1 with the leading Gubernatorial candidates Monday

Griebel’s campaign issued a tweet Monday saying the former Hartford business advocate and banker was campaigning with his running mate, attorney and gun control advocate Monte Frank, to “win tomorrow’s election.” The campaign says, “if you care about women’s issues and reducing gun violence, Oz and Monte are the best choice.”

Ten groups and four individuals have signed the letter to Griebel, saying there’s “no clear pathway for your victory” and predicting he’ll pull votes from Lamont and ultimately help Republican Bob Stefanowski, who’s been endorsed by pro-gun groups.

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