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Scott Lively qualifies for election ballot

Scott D. Lively, a Christian pastor best known for his anti-gay activity, has submitted the necessary signatures and paperwork to qualify as an independent candidate for governor. He will appear on the November ballot, according to Brian S. McNiff, a spokesman for the Massachusetts secretary of state.

Independent candidate Evan Falchuk, a businessman, qualified earlier this summer. Venture capital investor Jeff McCormick, the third non-party gubernatorial candidate in the race, today submitted more than the 10,000 certified signatures needed to qualify and will be on the ballot once he submits another piece of paperwork, McNiff said.

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That means voters are likely to have five choices in November when they choose who will succeed Governor Deval Patrick: a Democrat, a Republican and the three non-party candidates.

The state primary is Sept. 9.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steven Grossman and former Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald M. Berwick are the Democrats in the race. Former health insurance company executive Charlie Baker and businessman Mark R. Fisher are the Republicans.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.
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