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Politics

Candidate battles time, weather to get on ballot

BRAINTREE — Six hours into a shift gathering signatures to help Michael J. Sullivan qualify for the Republican ballot for US Senate, Robert Greenwood’s voice had faded from a ballpark-vendor boom to a parched rasp. But still he walked semicircles in front of a Sullivan banner, appealing to passersby. The clock was ticking.

“Signatures to put Mike Sullivan on the ballot,” Greenwood repeated, five to 10 times a minute, hundreds of times an hour, while trying to draw eye contact with shoppers at the South Shore Plaza.

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