WATERBURY — An Independent Party caucus cross-endorsed Republican Bob Stefanowski for governor Sunday night, voting for the second time in four years to give a GOP gubernatorial nominee a second line on the ballot in November.
A judge has given the Waterbury faction of the Independent Party sole control of valuable political real estate: A line on the 2018 ballot that allows it to cross-endorse major-party candidates or choose its own nominees for statewide offices, including governor. The competing Danbury faction plans to appeal.
An internal fight will leave the Independent Party without a candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut this fall, denying Republican Dan Carter a cross-endorsement in his uphill fight to unseat the Democratic incumbent, Richard Blumenthal.
The Connecticut Working Families Party announced Monday the cross-endorsements of 92 Democrats and no Republicans for seats in the General Assembly and Congress, a step that gives the candidates a place on two ballot lines this fall.
The Democratic ticket of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman was endorsed Tuesday by the Working Families Party, whose cross-endorsement was crucial to their narrow victory in 2010.