Matthew Corey accepting the GOP endorsement for U.S. Senate. mark pazniokas / ctmirror.org
Matthew Corey accepting the GOP endorsement for U.S. Senate. mark pazniokas / ctmirror.org

Matthew Corey has defeated fellow Republican Dominic Rapini for the chance to run against Connecticut’s most heavily financed and formidable political opponent — Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.

In early returns Corey was leading Rapini with more than 78 percent of the vote. The Associated Press unofficially called the race at about 8:45 p.m.

The owner of a popular bar in Hartford and a commercial window washing firm, Corey 54, had run unsuccessfully three times against Rep. John Larson, D-1st District.

Rapini, an account manager for Apple, Inc. from Branford, had raised more campaign money  and outspent Corey, who had about $30,000 in campaign cash.

Both Corey and Rapini said during the campaign they would throw their support to the other if he won the primary.

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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