Jenna Shapiro woke up miserable the day after Donald J. Trump’s election in 2016. The daughter of Democratic activists, Shapiro had canvassed for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and worked on phone banks at Wesleyan, where she was a senior contemplating a career in teaching. “I felt like I hadn’t done enough, not nearly enough,” Shapiro said. “I never want to wake up after another election believing I hadn’t done everything I could for a candidate I believed in.” She woke up happy this year, having put off teaching to help run the Democratic GOTV campaign in Connecticut.
On the last weekend before voters go to the polls, the same question gnaws at down-ballot candidates from both parties. Are their presidential nominees a help or a hindrance to them? Many say they don’t have a handle on exactly who will turn out on Tuesday.
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.
On a day of cold rain and hot rhetoric, a new poll and a bit of trash talk, the campaigns of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Tom Foley intersected Saturday in Bridgeport, where the final votes were counted in 2010.
Connecticut’s deadlocked race for governor drew First Lady Michelle Obama to a raucous rally Thursday in New Haven, the city whose turnout next week probably will be the rock on which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election founders or succeeds.