Brandon McGee of Hartford topped Leo Canty of Windsor on Tuesday in the court-ordered continuation of a Democratic primary that resulted in a tie after two recounts.

The Courant reports that Canty, a long-time official in the American Federation of Teachers, blames the late flow of a money into the race by an education reform group often at odds with unionized teachers.

Canty and McGee, whose campaigns each were funded by the state’s public financing program, were barred from raising more money.

Legislative redistricting had created a new 5th Assembly District that favored a candidate from Windsor, but the 28-year-old McGee was helped by a three-way race that pitted him against two Windsor candidates in the first round of voting.

The third candidate, Windsor Mayor Donald Trinks, dropped out of the contest after a Superior Court judge ordered a new primary.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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