Republicans back Farrell for SOTS. Brinson qualifies for primary.

Wallingford Republican Jerry Farrell Jr., commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protection captured the endorsement for secretary of the state with just over 62 percent of the vote this afternoon at the GOP State Convention.

Bloomfield attorney Corey Brinson, the other Republican candidate for the secretary’s post, received 38 percent of the vote, qualifying for an Aug. 10 primary.

“The next secretary of the state can play a key role in bringing business back to our state,” Farrell said, adding he would try to streamline registration requirements for small businesses to encourage growth.

Brinson said he would announce Monday whether to force a primary after first consulting with his family and other supporters. “I want to do what’s best for the party,” he said.