Connecticut GOP to choose governor candidate

Tom Foley, left, and John McKinney, right, gesture during a candidates forum on WTNH News 8, Aug. 10, 2014.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The Republican gubernatorial primary battle is underway to determine who will face incumbent Dannel Malloy in November. Greenwich businessman Tom Foley and State Senator John McKinney are both after the state’s top job.

At most polling places there is no waiting if you want to cast your vote in the primary elections. Of course you have to be registered with a party holding a primary where you live. And the big one getting the most attention is the race to see who will challenge Dannel Malloy for Governor in November.

Turnout was not great at the Fairfield Senior Center, but we knew at least one person was going to be voting in the Republican primary for governor.

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“It looks like turnout is going to be pretty low across the state. We hope that our efforts in terms of turning out our vote will be better, and if they are I think we will end up ahead,” said Sen. John McKinney, (R) for Governor.

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney is up against Greenwich businessman Tom Foley to be the Republican candidate for Governor.

“Today the choice is between a career politician, somebody who’s been up in Hartford for 15 years and has been part of the government and what’s resulted in us being where we are today or an outsider,” said Tom Foley, (R) for Governor.

For many voters, the choice is tough or at least tough to put into words.

When asked if there is something that made him pick one over the other of the gubernatorial candidates, Bob Lamson, Trumbull said “not really.”  He noted any kind of changes would be good at this point.

When asked what made her vote the way she did, Dahlia Lev, Trumbull, “oh there are so many reasons, I just can’t get into it.”

“The taxes in this state, I think they’re outrageous. The state government, much like the federal government, has spent us into a hole,” said Bill Hannigan, Trumbull.

Both Republicans running Tuesday agree with that, and both agree that no matter what happens Tuesday, change should be the message in November’s election.

“We’re going to wake up tomorrow and campaign for Governor either way. We hope I’m campaigning for myself. We can’t have another four years of Dan Malloy,” said McKinney.

“So I think people are very unhappy about where Connecticut is right now and I think they blame this governor and I think they should because we simply have had the wrong policies,” said Foley.

There’s also a Republican primary race for Lt. Governor and Comptroller, as well as primaries in both parties all across the state for various offices. You have to be registered in the party having the primary in order to vote. The polls are open until 8 p.m.

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