Connecticut voters have rejected an amendment to the state’s constitution giving the General Assembly power to consider allowing early and expanded absentee voting.
Despite some well-funded Republican opponents, Connecticut voters have returned all Democratic incumbents to the House of Representatives.
Waterbury – First-term U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty won re-election in the state’s most competitive congressional district Tuesday, fending off a challenge from Republican Mark Greenberg in an election year considered to be tough for Democrats. The 5th District, which includes Danbury, Waterbury and New Britain as well as rural Litchfield County and parts of the Farmington Valley, was considered the GOP’s best shot at gaining a Congressional seat in Connecticut.
Washington – Democrats lost control of the Senate Tuesday in a GOP tide that rolled across the nation, plunging Connecticut’s Democratic senators – Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy – into the minority.
Follow all Connecticut’s races here as results come in. We’re tracking the contests for governor, the state’s constitutional officers, Congress and the legislature.
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Two Hartford polling places will stay open an extra half hour tonight, until 8:30, a Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled. Judge Carl Schuman’s order came after a number of Hartford polling places reported delayed openings this morning, preventing some voters in the overwhelmingly Democratic capital city from casting ballots.
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Where do Gov. Malloy and Tom Foley stand on the issues? We have you covered on the key issues of this race.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did for Tom Foley on Monday what President Obama did for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Sunday: Tell the activists the election is up to their efforts Tuesday, even after $30 million in spending.
Much of Tom Foley’s last-minute proposal to cut taxes on Social Security benefits already is covered in existing state law. And the GOP gubernatorial nominee’s overall tax relief proposal on retirement benefits would expand Connecticut’s post-election deficit by roughly $100 million next fiscal year.
Buoyed by a solidifying Democrat base, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy opened a three-point lead Monday over Republican Tom Foley in a Quinnipiac University poll that’s likely to be the last word on Connecticut’s race for governor until the polls close Tuesday night.
Though Connecticut’s gubernatorial contenders spent more time this fall talking about tax cuts than state budget deficits, the red ink awaiting the winner of Tuesday’s contest is very real – and can’t be wiped away without tough choices.
It began as an effort to allow Civil War soldiers who were far from home to cast ballots in state and local elections, but that provision in Connecticut’s constitution has also kept voters from enjoying the rights shared by voters in 34 other states to cast an early ballot. Connecticut voters will now decide whether to allow the state legislature to amend the state’s restrictions on absentee or early voting.
President Obama dropped in on Connecticut’s race for governor Sunday, a day when the political winds shifted: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy got a bump in two polls, and independent Joe Visconti dropped out to endorse Republican Tom Foley.
In a final televised confrontation, Republican Tom Foley aggressively pushed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Sunday to match his 11th-hour promise to eliminate the state income tax on Social Security benefits and teacher pensions. They also debated art, sex and boat names.