The following was originally published in US News
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Independent Party of Connecticut on Sunday cross-endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski and the slate of GOP statewide candidates, giving them a second spot on the November ballot.
Stefanowski secured the win by defeating petitioning independent candidate Oz Griebel; fellow Republican Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti; Libertarian Rob Hanscomb; and Democrat Mark Stewart. Griebel had argued he was the only true independent in the group and expressed disappointment with Sunday's results, but resolved to push ahead.
His campaign tweeted: ".002 percent of people from the Independent Party of Connecticut came out to vote tonight. While we didn't get the line, our ballot access is on the brink through signature collection by dedicated volunteers."