Republicans make tremendous gains in Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Changes are coming to the state legislature after a big night for those running against some of the incumbents here in Connecticut.

Republicans in the state house and state senate made tremendous gains. Let’s take a look at how those races played out.

First, Dr. William Petit running on the Republican ticket has won his bid to unseat longtime incumbent Betty Boukus in the 22nd district representing Plainville. Petit’s campaign attracted a lot of attention. Petit is the lone survivor of the horrific Cheshire home invasion in which his wife and two daughters were killed.

Related: Petit wins State House District 22

In the State Senate, the race for the 18th district in southeast Connecticut, Republican Heather Somers with the lead over Democrat Timothy Bowles. That seat is being vacated by Andrew Maynard who chose not to run for re-election.

In the 17th district, covering parts of New Haven county, incumbent Democrat Joe Crisco upset by Republican upstart George Logan. Crisco was first elected to the general assembly back in 1992. That district seat represents Ansonia, Bethany, Beacon Falls, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck and Woodbridge.

And in the 13th district, incumbent state senator Dante Barte-Lomeo has been defeated by Republican challenger Len Suzio. This is the third time these two have faced one another. The district seat serves Meriden, Middlefield and parts of Middletown and Cheshire.

Related: Complete Election Results

And a big upset in a state house race in the Naugatuck valley, district 105. Three term democrat Theresa Conroy has been defeated by Republican Seymour deputy first select-woman, Nicole Klarides-Ditria.

It appears Republicans will be taking control of the state senate or be within one vote of doing so. In the state house, Republicans are picking up 7 or 8 seats, possibly as many as 12.

Hopefully Wednesday we’ll learn more on how those numbers will all play out.

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