Malloy accepts endorsement to run again

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, celebrates with his wife Cathy after accepting the nomination for the Democratic candidate for governor at the Connecticut Democratic Convention, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Democrats have endorsed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a second term in office.

Wearing his trademark green tie, the one-term Democrat accepted his party’s backing at Friday night’s Democratic convention at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Addressing the 1,813 delegates, Malloy took credit for putting the state “on the right path” after facing a $3.67 billion budget deficit, saying Connecticut is moving forward by making “tough choices.”

Malloy ticked off a list of accomplishments. He received some of the loudest cheers when he touted passage of one of the strongest gun control laws in the country, passed after the 2012 Newtown school massacre.

Delegates said they’re optimistic Malloy can win in November, despite a recent Quinnipiac University Poll that shows him in a potentially close race.

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