While Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has dropped out of the Republican race for governor, it\u2019s still uncertain if Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti has qualified to run for lieutenant governor in the GOP primary on Aug. 12. \u201cWe are still counting \u2014 don\u2019t have a final tally yet,\u201d Av Harris, spokesman for the Connecticut Secretary of the State\u2019s office, said on late Wednesday afternoon about Lauretti's submitted petition signatures. Harris said the status of Lauretti\u2019s candidacy should be known by the end of this week. Lauretti needed to hand in 8,190 signatures from registered Republicans in the state by June 10 to qualify for the lieutenant governor\u2019s primary. Had teamed up with Boughton Lauretti had teamed up with Boughton\u2019s campaign to try to collect the petition signatures, and they have said about 9,000 signatures were handed in. Those signatures now are being verified by local election officials across the state. A certain percentage of petition signatures are routinely found to be invalid for various reasons, such as the signers not being registered voters or not being registered in the appropriate political party. Boughton has been quoted in some press reports Wednesday as saying he expects Lauretti to fall short of the needed signatures. Lauretti could run on his own While Lauretti and Boughton were planning to run as a team, Lauretti still can run for lieutenant governor on his own in the primary if he should qualify and chooses to do so. There now are three candidates running in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor \u2014 state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi of Stafford Springs, who has the party endorsement; former Groton Mayor Heather Somers, and former U.S. Comptroller David Walker of Bridgeport.