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Mass. GOP Backs Baker; Fisher Misses Ballot

By BOB SALSBERG
Associated Press

bakerBOSTON (AP) — Delegates to the Massachusetts Republican convention have strongly endorsed Charlie Baker for governor, while tea party member Mark Fisher just barely missed getting enough votes to force a primary election challenge.

Party chairwoman Kirsten Hughes says that Fisher, a Shrewsbury business owner, finished with just less than 14.8 percent of the roughly 2,500 delegates. He needed 15 percent under party rules to win a spot on the September GOP ballot against Baker.

Hughes says that Baker received 82 percent of the delegates. There were also 64 ballots turned in blank that counted toward the final total.

Fisher says he is unhappy with the way the vote was done, but is leaning against any sort of challenge.

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