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Ned Lamont to Announce Candidacy for Governor
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Former Senate Candidate Ned Lamont will officially announce his run for Governor later this morning.  On Monday,his main Democratic rival, Dan Malloy got an endorsement from another former candidate.  WNPR's John Dankosky reports. 

Lamont will make his announcement at the Old State House in Hartford - where he kicked off his upstart Senate candidacy, which in almost resulted in an upset of incumbent Joe Lieberman in 2006.

Because of that campaign, Lamont enjoys much better name recognition than the rest of the field, and he leads all challengers in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll.

In that survey, the tightest matchup is with former ambassador Tom Foley, who's pledged to self-finance his campaign to the tune of millions of dollars. 

Lamont has not yet committed to how he'll fund his run - but it's likely that he'll use his own money, and substantial fundraising base to try and keep up with Foley.

Meanwhile, Lamont's closest Democratic challenger, former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, picked up a key endorsement from former candidate, State Senator Gary LeBeau

LeBeau said that of the field, Malloy would make the best Governor.

"The major difference is experience.  Dan has the experience of governing.  Dan has the experience of leading.  Ned is a great guy, has experience within the private sector, a lot of people try to sell that, I'm not sure how valid that is within the public sector." 

In 2006, LeBeau supported New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, who beat Malloy in a primary for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  He said at the time, it was a "tough choice" between the two.

LeBeau was joined by dozens of local leaders from "East of the River" towns, including East Hartford mayor Melody Currey who gave their support to Malloy. 

For WNPR, I'm John Dankosky.