Holder-Winfield wins special election in Conn.

State Capitol building in Hartford. (File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield of New Haven has won a special state senate election to succeed veteran Toni Harp, who’s now the mayor of New Haven.

The New Haven Register reports Holder-Winfield defeated Republican Steven R. Mullins, receiving about 75 percent of the vote according to unofficial returns Tuesday.

Holder-Winfield had the backing of top state Democrats for the 10th District seat, including state Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney and U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.

Mullins is interim chairman of the West Haven Planning and Zoning Commission. The New Haven Register reports that Mullins says he opposes gun regulations enacted into state law last year following the fatal shootings of 20 children and six educators in Newtown.

Harp was elected New Haven mayor last November.

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Information from: New Haven Register

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