McKinney loses primary, vows to help GOP

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — State Sen. John McKinney lost the primary, but said he would still help unseat democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Before the election results, there was a lot of excitement here in Fairfield, Mckinney’s hometown.

The buzz was it was going to be a very close race. One reason, voter turnout was low as expected. But Fairfield County does have the highest number of registers Republican voters.

Some considered McKinney the comeback kid in the race to be the official republican candidate for governor. You may remember, back in May he was behind by about 30 points in that poll. Since then, he received a number if newspaper endorsements and seemed to be gaining popularity.

Many also said after the debates that he took a firm stance on major issues such as the state budget.

Tom Foley is certainly well-known as he ran a tight race against Gov. Dannell Malloy four years ago. McKinney has been a state senator since 1997, representing the 28th district and he’s been the republican leader since 2007.

Mckinney’s dad, the late Stewart McKinney, was a U.S. congressman, very popular in Fairfield County for many years.

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