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Foley wins GOP primary; Conn. Republicans united in rematch against Malloy

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Connecticut Republicans have given Greenwich businessman Tom Foley a second opportunity to run against Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy.

The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland defeated state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney in Tuesday's GOP primary in unofficial returns.

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John McKinney giving his concession speech in Fairfield, Conn. on August 12th, 2014

Foley was endorsed by the GOP and had been favored to win the match-up against the lesser-known McKinney, a 16-year veteran of the General Assembly from Fairfield.

Foley's victory sets up a rematch with Malloy, who won his first term by narrowly defeating Foley in 2010.

Foley touts himself as a successful businessman and outsider with the skills to balance the budget and grow jobs. He has called for a 0.5 percent cut in the state's 6.35 percent sales tax and a review of its tax structure.

 

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