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August 14 Primary Results

Thursday, August 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael S. Dugan
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Tuesday’s primary election was significant. The Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bob Stefanowski, is a surprise winner. Mr. Stefanowski was not the endorsed candidate, he bypassed the state Republican party convention, he is self-proclaimed outsider, former executive at GE and former CFO at UBS and he had to petition his way onto the primary ballot by securing over 9,000 signatures. Despite all of that he was able to best 4 other fellow Republicans by secure 29% of the vote. His next closest competitor was Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton with 21%.

On the Democrat side, private business owner Ned Lamont won in a landslide over Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. Mr. Lamont secured 85% of the vote to Mayor Ganim’s 15%. This will be Mr. Lamont’s third attempt at statewide office. He lost to Sen. Lieberman in 2008 in a race for the U.S. Senate; in 2010 he lost to then Mayor Dan Malloy for governor.

As this fall’s election heats up there is a lot a stake in the General Assembly. In the State Senate, a one seat pick-up by either party will secure the majority. In the State House the Democrats control the chamber by an 80 to 71 margin. Over the past four elections the Republicans have picked up 34-seats; with a 5 seat pick up by the Republicans they will gain the majority for the first time since the 1984 Reagan landslide.

CTEC’s lobbyist, Capitol Consulting, will be sure to keep you up-to-date with election news during this fall’s campaign.

 


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