Democratic voters choose sides in CT


(WTNH)–There’s no doubt about it, Connecticut is a blue state, dominated by Democrats both at the state and federal level. The state has voted for democratic presidential candidates every election, for nearly 30 years going all the way back to George H. W. Bush. Today News 8 spoke to some democratic voters to see where they stand.

Jervis Myers is a small business owner, who makes a living doing home and office improvements.

“I love my work. I enjoy doing my job,” Myers said. “Make my customer happy and that is my bottom line.”

Fresh off work Monday, he told News 8 why he’s a Hillary supporter outside his Ansonia home.

“Right now, bottom line, I’m a Hillary guy. The reason, I think she would be able to get more done then these guys, they shoot their mouth off all the time.”

Connecticut is a state with strong unions and a history of voting democratic. But the state’s registered voters are more complex than simple R’s or D’s.

“Connecticut is a state that actually has a lot of independent voters, a very large number of independents,” said Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean, Quinnipiac University political science professor. “But we don’t allow independents to vote in our primaries.”

As the advertising race starts to heat up two weeks ahead of our primary, democratic voters in the state are divided. Is it Hillary or Bernie?

“Level of familiarity, ability to take risks, and they’re ability to think beyond what we see everyday in politics. That’s the key divisions,” Brown-Dean said.

Chris Alvarado is a Bernie supporter from Cheshire. He said Sanders is a man with integrity.

“I think we have to rearrange our priorities,” Alvarado said. “Top one-percent, the top tenth of one-percent should pay more taxes, corporations should pay more taxes.”

Connecticut’s primary is April 26.

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