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Connecticut was seventh in voter turnout in 2012

Connecticut had a voter turnout of 74 percent in the 2012 presidential election, ranking the state seventh in the nation, though lower than the state’s turnout of about 78 percent in 2008 and 2004. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced the turnout numbers today as she formally certified election results that gave Democrats a sweep of the state’s congressional races. She attributed part of the drop-off to Hurricane Sandy’s hitting Connecticut a week before the election. Here are the ten municipalities with the best turnout:Bridgewater – 94.75%Middletown – 89.86%Ridgefield – 89.42%Washington – 88.35%Woodbridge – 86.94%Granby – 86.22%Bolton – 86.20%Roxbury – 85.92%Wilton – 85.57%Killingworth – 85.35%
Correction: Merrill initially listed West Hartford as second. Its turnout was 80.81 percent. Continue Reading →

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Murphy raised $4.5 million online, while McMahon gave her campaign $7.1 million in final weeks

The manager of Democrat Chris Murphy’s victorious U.S. Senate campaign told supporters Thursday that Murphy raised nearly 45 percent of his $10.5 million through online, grass-roots organizations, while records show that Republican Linda McMahon loaned her losing camaign $7.1 million in the two weeks before the election. Federal election records list three late loans McMahon made to her campaign, the last of which was a $2.5 million payment recorded on Halloween. Her total contributions and loans to her campaign exceed $47 million, bringing her total for the 2010 and 2012 races to more than $97 million. Those numbers are likely to change when the campaigns file their post-election reports, but Kenny Curran, the manager of Murphy’s campaign, sent an email Thursday stressing Murphy’s reliance on small, grass-roots donations in his 12-percentage point win over McMahon:
“Our online, grassroots fundraising operation helped us to raise what we needed to raise in order to be competitive with Linda McMahon. We received $4.5 million dollars in contributions through the website, ActBlue, and from the support of organizations like DailyKos and MoveOn.org. Continue Reading →

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Election adds to shake-up on Energy and Technology Committee

The touch of shake-up the election gave to the General Assembly is likely to have an outsized effect on the Energy and Technology Committee. But it’s not clear yet — and likely won’t be until next year — just what that effect will be. Energy co-chairwoman Rep. Vickie Nardello, D-Prospect, was a surprise loser in her re-election bid. The logical replacement would be Rep. Lonnie Reed, D-Branford, currently the co-vice chairwoman, who has made no secret she’d like to lead the committee one day. All that will be up to the new speaker of the House, expected to be J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden. Continue Reading →

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Would Mr. Esty head (back) to Washington?

With Elizabeth Esty now headed to Washington as the state’s newest member of Congress, it’s somewhat logical to wonder whether her husband Dan — the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection — might also head there where here served for a number of years in the Environmental Protection Agency. Apparently this occurred to Mr. Esty as well, since according to DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain, he actually brought it up at a staff meeting Wednesday morning. Schain said Esty noted his wife’s victory and quoted him as saying, “he loves his job here and he has no plans to do anything else.” Sounds like at least a little crack in the door. Continue Reading →

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McMahon dresses her city workers like Murphy supporters

The U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Linda McMahon outfitted its urban poll standers today in purple T-shirts styled after those worn by SEIU, the liberal union that is backing Democrat Chris Murphy. “It clearly is a rip off of our shirts,” said Paul Filson, the political director of SEIU, which represents many minority health care workers. “It definitely is confusing.” The shirts are part of an effort by McMahon to blunt the urban vote Murphy needs in Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven, where her workers also have left literature urging a vote for Obama and McMahon. “There are thousands of Democrats across the state of Connecticut who are supporting President Obama that are also supporting Linda McMahon today. Continue Reading →

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5th CD debate cancelled

Don’t tune in to NBC30 tonight looking for a debate between Democrat Elizabeth Esty and Republican Andrew Roraback, the two 5th Congressional District candidates. It’s been canceled, a victim of the storm. Continue Reading →

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Rasmussen has Murphy up by 6 points

Rasmussen released a poll Monday showing Democrat Chris Murphy up by six percentage points in his U.S. Senate race with Republican Linda McMahon, 51 percent to 45 percent. The poll is based on a one-day telephone survey Sunday, the same day that Bill Clinton headlined a rally in Waterbury for Murphy. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The poll was released five days after a Quinnipiac University poll also found Murphy with a six point lead, 49 percent to 43 percent. At the time, the McMahon campaign called Quinnipiac’s poll an outlier, pointing to earlier Rasmussen Mason-Dixon polls that show the race a dead heat. Continue Reading →

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Billionaire’s PAC names Maynard as second target

A report filed Friday with state elections officials identified state Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington, as the second legislative target of Voters for Good Government, a Super PAC financed by a Greenwich billionaire, Thomas Peterffy. The PAC is spending $26,987 for advertising on cable television. The existence of the committee and its first expenditure — a cable ad buy against state Sen. Steve Cassano, D-Manchester, was disclosed Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut’s Senate race makes top 10 in TV spending

Candidates and independent groups spent at least $8.4 million to air 5,448 television commercials in Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race over the first three weeks of October, pushing the contest into the top 10 for ad expenditures and top 15 for ad volume. The Wesleyan Media Project said Wednesday that Republican Linda McMahon outspent Democrat Chris Murphy and his supporters by nearly a 3-1 margin on TV, $6.2 million to $2.2 million. The race was the 9th most expensive for TV spending. Her advantage in commercials aired was much narrower: 3,203 to 2,245. With McMahon spending heavily on New York television to reach Fairfield County, her advertising dollars buy relatively fewer ads. Continue Reading →

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Democratic PACs buy another $1.6 million in TV time to attack McMahon

Two national Democratic political action committees reported Thursday spending another $1.6 million on Connecticut television advertising on behalf of Democrat Chris Murphy in the race for U.S. Senate. The latest spending brings independent expenditures in the Senate race to $5.9 million, nearly all of it on behalf of Murphy or in opposition to his self-funded Republican opponent, Linda McMahon. The Majority PAC, which is defending the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, reported an expenditure of slightly more than $1 million, bringing its Connecticut total this fall to $2 million. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported an expenditure of nearly $600,000, bringing its Connecticut total to $2.7 million. Together, the two PACs now have spent $4.7 million in support of Murphy, with most of the money used for ads attacking McMahon over the past four weeks. Continue Reading →

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By any means necessary: McMahon embraces Obama

Our colleague at WNPR, Jeff Cohen, flagged this one: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is running an ad appealing directly to Obama voters. To make it easier for such folks, McMahon is inviting them to cast a vote for her on the independent line, just in case going GOP is too painful. Both she and Democrat Chris Murphy, who was cross-endorsed by the Working Families Party, appear on two ballot lines.   Continue Reading →

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Pelosi to raise money for Esty

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be the featured guest next week at a Greenwich fundraiser for Elizabeth Esty, the Democratic candidate for the 5th District congressional seat. Pelosi, the most powerful Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a prodigious fundraiser. Last month, she held 77 fundraisers in five states and in Washington, D.C., raising $7.2 million for Democratic candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Esty campaign declined to say who is hosting the fundraiser, saying only that it is in a private residence in Greenwich. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia have helped Esty’s rival, Republican Andrew Roraback, raise campaign cash in the state. Continue Reading →

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Coals to Newcastle: U.S. Chamber spends $700K on McMahon

With nearly $80 million to play with over two campaigns, does Linda McMahon really need outside help on TV and radio? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce evidently thinks so. It filed paperwork Friday disclosing the expenditure of $700,000 for time to air TV and radio ads promoting McMahon, the self-funding GOP candidate for U.S. Senate. That now brings the outside expenditures in the Connecticut race to $6.6 million, with most of that spent by groups trying to help Democrat Chris Murphy compete on TV with McMahon, who spent $50 million in 2010 and nearing $30 million this cycle. Continue Reading →

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Murphy up by 6, with 17 percent undecided in UConn/Courant Poll

A new UConn/Courant Poll shows Democrat Chris Murphy with a 6-percentage point lead over Republican Linda McMahon in the U.S. Senate race, fueled by an increase in support from women. He leads, 44 percent to 38 percent, with 17 percent undecided. The poll found McMahon dominating the eastern and western thirds of the state, but Murphy with a lead in the more populous central third, covering the heavily Demcratic Hartford and New Haven regions. The survey of 574 voters was taken from Oct. 11 to 16. Continue Reading →

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In Connecticut, Siena has Obama by 15, Murphy by 2

Another poll shows Connecticut tilting strongly toward President Obama, with the contest for the open U.S. Senate seat still close.  
A survey by the Siena Research Institute taken long before last night’s presidential debate found Obama with a 15 percentage point lead over Mitt Romney. He led, 53 percent to 38 percent.  
In the Senate race, Democrat Chris Murphy led Republican Linda McMahon, 46 percent to 44 percent. As other polls have found, the heavy negative advertising has left Connecticut voters with an unfavorable view of each. Continue Reading →

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