Connecticut Primary Roundup: Southington's Joe Markley beats New Britain mayor Erin Stewart in lieutenant governor race

Published on Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:42
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HARTFORD - The Latest on Connecticut's primary (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller has won the Republican nomination for Connecticut state comptroller.

Miller received the party endorsement at May's convention and defeated Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg in Tuesday's primary.

The 48-year-old Miller has served four terms in Seymour. He points to what he says are successes in keeping the town's mill rate relatively low and improving the town's credit rating.

He will face Democratic incumbent Kevin Lembo in November's general election.

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11:05 p.m.

Investment manager Thad Gray has won the Republican nomination for state treasurer.

The 58-year-old Gray won the party endorsement by 14 votes in May over 29-year-old State Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook, and he beat Linares again in Tuesday's primary.

Gray worked recently as chief investment officer at Abbot Capital Management. He has been campaigning on his decades-long experience as a money manager, which he says gives him the ability to tackle problems such as the state's unfunded pension liability.

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11 p.m.

Shawn Wooden has won the Democratic nomination for Connecticut state treasurer.

The former Hartford City Council president won the party's endorsement in May. He defeated former Wall Street financial manager Dita Bhargava (DEE-tah Bahr-GAH-vah) of Greenwich in Tuesday's primary election.

Wooden is an attorney who focuses on investment and securities law. He grew up in Hartford's North End and was among the first to champion the building of a baseball stadium in the city.

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10:40 p.m.

State Sen. Joe Markley has won the Republican party nomination for lieutenant governor.

The 61-year-old conservative lawmaker from Southington was the party's endorsed candidate. He fended off challenges from Jayme Stevenson, the first selectman of Darien, and Erin Stewart, New Britain's 31-year-old mayor.

Markley was first elected to the General Assembly in 1984, serving one term. He returned to the legislature in 2011.

Known for organizing the 1992 rally to oppose the imposition of a state income tax, Markley has recently turned his attention to fighting any re-introduction of tolls on Connecticut highways.

Markley also has advocated eliminating state's commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and opening up juvenile court proceedings to the public.

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10:20 p.m.

Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

The 56-year-old Bysiewicz has been running alongside gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont. She has been a familiar face in Connecticut politics for decades, having first been elected to the General Assembly in 1992.

She served 12 years as secretary of the state before running unsuccessfully for attorney general and U.S. Senate.

Bysiewicz, who originally campaigned for governor, fought off a challenge from 31-year-old newcomer Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, who cast herself as the candidate for a new generation.

Bysiewicz has said her government experience is an asset that will allow her to help attract and keep businesses in the state.

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9:50 p.m.

State lawmaker William Tong has won the Democratic nomination for Connecticut attorney general.

The state representative from Stamford was the endorsed candidate in the three-way race. He defeated state Sen. Paul Doyle, who was Tong's co-chair on the legislature's Judiciary Committee, and former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei.

Tong is the son of Chinese immigrants and is seeking to become the first Asian-American to hold the office.

He has campaigned on his willingness to challenge in court the policies of President Donald Trump on issues including immigration.

Tong has worked as commercial litigator and was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2007. He briefly ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and lost in a Democratic primary in the race for mayor of Stamford in 2013.

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9 p.m.

State prosecutor Sue Hatfield has won the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Hatfield, who was endorsed by the party, defeated challenger and former state Rep. John Shaban of Redding.

Hatfield, of Pomfret, was a policy assistant for Newt Gingrich and an early supporter of Donald Trump's candidacy for president. She served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Connecticut, but she says she does not agree with Trump on every issue.

She has said she wants the attorney general's office to be more pro-business.

Hatfield recently lost the endorsement of the Connecticut's largest gun owners' group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, after saying she opposed the ability to download blueprints for making untraceable plastic guns with 3D printers.

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8 p.m.

The polls have closed in Connecticut's largest primary in recent memory.

Numerous candidates are on the ballot Tuesday for races ranging from governor to state representative, each hoping to be their party's nominee in the November general election.

Despite the large number of contenders, Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrrill says it appears voter turnout will likely be about the same as in previous primaries. She's predicting about 20-to 25 percent turnout.

Only the state's roughly 1.2 million registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in the primary. Unaffiliated voters, who are the state's largest voting bloc, cannot vote until the general election.

The Republican primary for governor is expected to be especially close, with five candidates.

There are also primaries in the state's 5th Congressional District in western Connecticut

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6:45 p.m.

Early figures show voter turnout in Connecticut's primary is low, despite the large number of candidates vying to become their party's nominee in November.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says turnout was around 15-to-16 percent with 153 of Connecticut's 169 towns reporting as of about 3 p.m. Tuesday. That figure does not include the state's major cities.

Merrill says she ultimately expects about 20-to-25 percent of the state's roughly 1.2 million registered Democrats and Republicans will vote, similar to past primaries. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Unaffiliated voters are not able to vote in Connecticut's primaries.

The Republican primary for governor is expected to be particularly close, given that five candidates are vying for the nomination. Merrill predicts one could win with as few as 20,000 votes.

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12:30 a.m.

Connecticut's roughly 1.2 million registered Democrats and Republicans will go to the polls to choose their candidates for the November election.

Unaffiliated voters, the largest single voting bloc, are not allowed to participate in Tuesday's primary.

There are seven candidates running for governor. The list includes two Democrats and five Republicans. There are also numerous primaries for everything from state treasurer to the state House of Representatives.

There is also a primary in Connecticut's 5th Congressional District because Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is not seeking re-election.

The most crowded primary field in recent memory has been fueled by an unusual number of open seats. Most notably, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not seeking a third term.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, State on Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:42. Updated: Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:45.