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Republican Peter Lumaj exits Connecticut governor’s race

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Attorney Peter Lumaj has ended his campaign for governor after he did not win the Republican endorsement at the party convention last weekend. 

Lumaj was part of a packed field of candidates that entered the convention with a chance to win the party’s endorsement. That honor ultimately went to Danbury mayor Mark Boughton

Former Trumbull first selectman Tim Herbst and Westport businessman Steve Obsitnik also qualified for the Republican primary by reaching the 15 percent threshold at the convention. 

Lumaj released the following statement on Wednesday:

Today, I am formally announcing my exit from the Connecticut Gubernatorial race.

We fought a long and hard campaign. I couldn’t be prouder of the effort we put up, but in the end, we came up just short of the qualifying number to move forward – shy just three votes on the first ballot.

Over the past few days, I have received hundreds of calls, texts and emails asking me to consider moving forward through a petition process or a third party route. While I appreciate your support and dedication to me and our cause, I feel that I must honor my initial commitment. I will not pursue any of these options and will end this campaign. We must keep our eye on the prize and work to elect a Republican team this November.

I want to thank my supporters all throughout our great state. Your support and commitment to my campaign and to our shared conservative values means a great deal to me and will never be forgotten. Your friendship is something I will always cherish and hold dear.

I am not the type of person who will just walk away or fade into the background. I pledge to you that I will remain involved. I pledge to you that my fight for a #FreshStart4CT is not over. I will continue to fight for our shared conservative values and I will work my hardest to make sure the Republican Party is victorious this fall.

If we work together and remain united as conservatives, we cannot lose!

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