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Somers emerges winner of GOP lieutenant governor nomination

Heather Somers, the running mate.

The Republican primary battle for lieutenant governor appeared to be over by mid-afternoon Wednesday when state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi of Somers conceded the narrow contest to former Groton Mayor Heather Bond Somers. Though official results still hadn’t been confirmed yet, Bacchiochi issued a written statement by email around 2:30 p.m. in which she pledged to work for party unity. Continue Reading →

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Legislative primaries: Two incumbents lose, seven hang on

Sen. Eric Coleman

A longtime state senator fended off a high-profile challenge, while two Bridgeport politicos facing legal troubles lost their bids to return to Hartford. Another Bridgeport candidate knocked off Sen. Anthony Musto of Trumbull, and the House Democrat who co-chaired the legislature’s Sportsmen’s Caucus defeated a challenger who took issue with her vote against new gun restrictions passed in the wake of the Newtown shootings. Continue Reading →

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Victor in GOP primary, Foley says, ‘Change is on the way’

Tom Foley swarmed by reporters after accepting the GOP nomination.

He’s getting another crack at the governor. Tom Foley, the Greenwich businessman who lost to Dannel P. Malloy by half a percentage point in 2010, easily won the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, weathering a late push by state Sen. John P. McKinney of Fairfield, the challenger he ignored until recently. Heather Bond Somers led the three-way primary for lieutenant governor, but a recount is expected.
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A final, free-wheeling TV forum for Foley, McKinney

Tom Foley and John P. McKinney at their second and final debate.

NEW HAVEN – In their final televised forum before the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, Tom Foley and John P. McKinney strived during a free-wheeling hour Sunday to undermine each other’s ability to be a credible voice for change against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November. The live WTNH, Channel 8 event was a contentious exercise in political branding. Continue Reading →

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