New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut voters took to the polls Tuesday in large numbers to cast their votes for their candidates. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office reported an estimated voter turnout between 55 to 60% statewide.
The Governor’s race was so close at times that democratic incumbent Governor Dannel Malloy and republican challenger Tom Foley exchanged the lead several times throughout Tuesday night. Malloy declared victory around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, with Foley conceding the race later that afternoon.
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The hotly contested 5th Congressional District saw democrat Elizabeth Esty defeat republican Mike Greenberg. One of the state’s other top races was the Attorney General’s office, with democratic incumbent George Jepsen winning another term after defeating republican Kie Westby.
In the 1st Congressional District, democrat incumbent John Larson won his ninth term in Congress with a victory over republican Matthew Corey. The 2nd Congressional District race was won by democrat incumbent Joe Courtney over republican Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh.
Rosa DeLauro was re-elected to Congress yet again in the 3rd Congressional District. DeLauro defeated republican candidate James Brown by a wide margin. Republican Dan Debicella conceded the 4th Congressional District race to democratic incumbent Jim Himes.
On Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill declared herself the winner over republican challenger Peter Lumaj. That race was close until late Wednesday morning, when Merrill opened up a lead as the last of the state’s precincts reported.
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Some races remain so close that recounts are likely. That includes the State’s Comptroller race, with republican challenger Sharon McLaughlin keeping pace with democrat incumbent Kevin Lembo. The race for Treasurer between republican challenger Tim Herbst and democractic incumbent Denise Nappier is very tight, with a small number of votes separating them.