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Gomez is one of five candidates — three Republicans and two Democrats — who say they've collected more than the 10,000 certified signatures needed to land a spot on the April 30 primary ballot. The Senate seat became vacant when Democrat John Kerry resigned to become U.S. Secretary of State.

The Cohasset businessman and former Navy SEAL joins Norfolk state Rep. Daniel Winslow in the GOP primary along with former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, who said Wednesday his volunteer signature effort was successful.

Two Democrats — U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch — are also facing off. The election is scheduled for June 25.

Sullivan had been the biggest question mark. Unlike Winslow and Gomez, the Abington resident had relied solely on volunteer signature gatherers. Winslow and Gomez had relied on a mix of volunteer and paid gatherers.

Wednesday was the deadline for dropping signatures off at local city and town clerks to be certified. The signatures must be collected later and delivered to Secretary of State William Galvin's office before a candidate's name can officially be added to the ballot.

Sullivan said he was excited to submit so many signatures after launching the drive just 12 days ago. He said the ability to gather so many signatures so quickly shows he has a groundswell of support.

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