An endorsement from former President Donald J. Trump might have helped, but Republican Leora Levy got one other thing she needed to defeat Themis Klarides in the primary for U.S. Senate: widespread support.
Instead of winning big in one area, Levy turned many little victories in towns across Connecticut into a convincing 10-percentage-point win.
Levy carried the vote in at least 126 of Connecticut's 169 towns, according to preliminary data from the Secretary of the State's office. In eastern Connecticut, Levy generally captured a larger percentage of the smaller number of votes available. Klarides did better only in the Naugatuck River Valley, the region she grew up in and represented in the General Assembly.
But Levy's margins were slim all over. In more than 100 towns, the number of votes separating Klarides and Levy was fewer than 100 — not surprising, given the turnout of about 21% of registered Republicans. But steady wins in towns across Connecticut added up to a total victory of about 10,000 votes, or 10 percentage points.
Peter Lumaj, a third candidate, didn't win in any towns. With 166 of 169 towns' results reported on the Secretary of the State website, Lumaj had 8,605 votes — less than the margin between Levy and Klarides.