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Ex-con mayor seeking spot in Connecticut governor primary

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim (WFSB file photo) Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim (WFSB file photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -

Ex-con Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is knocking on doors in many Connecticut cities, hoping to pull off an improbable political victory.

The Democrat is trying to collect roughly 15,500 signatures to petition his way onto the Aug. 14 primary for governor.

Ganim came just shy of winning enough support at the recent Democratic state convention to secure a spot automatically. The party instead endorsed wealthy Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont.

Ganim made a stunning return to politics in 2015, when he was elected mayor of the state's largest city after serving seven years in prison for corruption during his first tenure as Bridgeport's leader.

Many of the urban voters who've signed Ganim's petition say they don't mind his prison record. They see him as someone who cares about them.

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