Mihos To Angle For Primary At GOP Convention

Massachusetts Republicans begin gathering Friday for their state convention in Worcester on Saturday. The most pressing issue on the delegates' agenda is resolving whether there will be a Republican primary for governor.

Christy Mihos hopes to challenge Charlie Baker for the Republican nomination, but to get his name on the primary ballot, Mihos needs the votes of 15 percent of the delegates at the convention.

Mihos says he's very confident he has at least that much support, because he has been drawing on a wide range of conservatives, like the Liberty Party and the Tea Party.

"I think we're going to do someplace over 30 percent," Mihos said. "We put a few coalitions together, a lot of anti-tax citizen patriot groups."

State GOP Chair Jennifer Nassour also says she expects Mihos to make it on the ballot.

If Mihos is successful, he will be running in the first gubernatorial Republican primary since 1998.

"I really think there are a lot of people out there, on the ground, that are Republicans, that really want to see a primary," he said.

The convention takes place Saturday in Worcester. Timothy Cahill, the former Democrat who is running for governor as an independent, said he will attend the GOP convention.

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