Bacchiochi concedes defeat in GOP lt. gov. primary

Penny Bacchiochi
Penny Bacchiochi

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for Connecticut lieutenant governor is conceding defeat in the three-way race.

State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi (Bah-kee-AH’-kee) was trailing Groton Town Council member Heather Somers by a tiny margin but she said Wednesday that she concluded a recount was not likely to put her over the top.

Bacchiochi, a six-term representative from Stafford, vowed to help the Republican ticket led by Tom Foley build support in its challenge to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. She said after reviewing the updated results that a recount would be too time-consuming.

Unofficial results show Bacchiochi was within a thousand votes of Somers after Tuesday’s vote. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker trailed in third place.

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