No surprises in races for attorney general, comptroller, treasurer

There were no surprises in Tuesday’s primary elections for attorney general, comptroller and treasurer as voters selected the same candidates that were nominated at their party’s conventions this past spring. Republicans tapped Sue Hatfied for attorney general, Kurt Miller for comptroller, and Thad Gray for treasurer. Democratic voters chose William Tong as their nominee for attorney general and Shawn Wooden for treasurer. Incumbents Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Comptroller Kevin Lembo did not face primary challengers. It has been decades since Republicans have held one of the down-ticket state offices, as a Democrat has been attorney general since 1959, comptroller since 1975, secretary of the state since 1995, and treasurer since 1999. Continue Reading →

GOP nominates an outsider, Bob Stefanowski, for governor

Bob Stefanowski won the five-way Republican primary for governor Tuesday night after ignoring Connecticut’s GOP establishment, opting out of the state’s public-financing program and repeating one outlandish campaign promise like a daily affirmation: He will “rip costs” from state government and make its income tax disappear over eight years. Continue Reading →

Circumspect on Dems, Malloy taunts Republicans as ‘Trumpists’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy voted Tuesday in the first Democratic gubernatorial primary since 2002 in which he is not on the ballot, but offered no endorsement of either would-be Democratic successor — an acknowledgement that his unpopularity makes his kind words a liability. But he showed no reticence in condemning every Republican contender for assuring the GOP base of their fealty to President Trump: “They have become Trump-like, perhaps mini-me Trumps. And that’s a disturbing reality.” Continue Reading →

Voters head to polls today to decide unruly primary contest

Connecticut Democrats and Republicans go to the polls Tuesday to bring clarity to the unruliest of political seasons, making choices that not only will determine the major-party nominations for governor, but could forever change how candidates seek access to the primary ballots and encourage them to make sure a friendly super PACs is ready to supplement their campaigns. Continue Reading →

Candidates for Esty’s congressional seat hustle last-minute votes

Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s congressional seat are frantically spending the last hours before the polls close on the primary races Tuesday searching for votes, sometimes one by one and often in towns considered the opposing party’s strongholds. Campaigning in the 5th District poses unique geographical and strategic challenges. Continue Reading →