Turnout for the GOP primary election was only 20.8 percent this year — significantly lower than 2010, when 29.8 percent of registered Republicans showed up to vote. Virtually every town had a poorer turnout this year than in 2010.
The Republican primary battle for lieutenant governor appeared to be over by mid-afternoon Wednesday when state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi of Somers conceded the narrow contest to former Groton Mayor Heather Bond Somers. Though official results still hadn’t been confirmed yet, Bacchiochi issued a written statement by email around 2:30 p.m. in which she pledged to work for party unity.
McKinney gained a lot of ground with huge margins of victory in his hometown of Fairfield and nearby Wilton, garnering almost 3,500 more votes than Foley. But Foley’s consistent showing throughout the state earned him the chance to run against Governor Dannel P. Malloy in November.
A longtime state senator fended off a high-profile challenge, while two Bridgeport politicos facing legal troubles lost their bids to return to Hartford. Another Bridgeport candidate knocked off Sen. Anthony Musto of Trumbull, and the House Democrat who co-chaired the legislature’s Sportsmen’s Caucus defeated a challenger who took issue with her vote against new gun restrictions passed in the wake of the Newtown shootings.
He’s getting another crack at the governor. Tom Foley, the Greenwich businessman who lost to Dannel P. Malloy by half a percentage point in 2010, easily won the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, weathering a late push by state Sen. John P. McKinney of Fairfield, the challenger he ignored until recently. Heather Bond Somers led the three-way primary for lieutenant governor, but a recount is expected.
We’ll keep you up to date on what’s happening around the state during today’s primary election with reports from Mirror staff and social media. Have a report from the polls? Tweet to us at #ctprimary2014!
Voter turnout is expected to be lower than the 2010 primaries. Check out this map to see what percentage of registered voters in each town voted in 2010 — and where each party’s votes came from.
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The main bout today is Tom Foley vs. John P. McKinney in the Republican primary for governor, but the careers of eight incumbents in the General Assembly also are on the line in Democratic primaries, including one race that’s attracted liberal activists.
NEW HAVEN – In their final televised forum before the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, Tom Foley and John P. McKinney strived during a free-wheeling hour Sunday to undermine each other’s ability to be a credible voice for change against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November. The live WTNH, Channel 8 event was a contentious exercise in political branding.
John P. McKinney greeted Metro-North riders at dawn Tuesday, then spoke to evening commuters on WTIC-AM. Tom Foley had no public events, another sign he is looking past next week’s Republican primary with McKinney to a fall rematch with a restive Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.