NEW BRITAIN â€“ The Connecticut Secretary of the Stateâ€™s Election Center reported that by 10:05 a.m. that the candidates in the Democratic Party for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor races, Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz were ahead with 642,976 votes which account for 47.15 percent.
Republican Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley have 617,830 votes which account for 45.30 percent of the votes.
Governor Dannel Malloy and Lieutenant governor, Nancy Wyman released a statement Wednesday morning congratulating Lamont and Bysiewicz.
â€śElections offer a snapshot of the collective character as a state or nation,â€ť Malloy said.Â â€śItâ€™s our opportunity to affirm who we are and what we value.Â And today, Connecticut spoke loud and clear that we stand for fairness, inclusivity, and decency.Â That the politics of President Trump have no home here.Â That we resoundingly reject his politics of division, falsehoods, and empty promises.Â I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Governor-elect Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor-elect Susan Bysiewicz.Â Unquestionably, Connecticut has forward momentum, and of all the candidates on the ballot for these offices, they are, by far, the best suited to keep the state moving in the right direction.Â Under their leadership, Connecticutâ€™s future remains bright. Running for office is not easy and it takes a physical and mental toll on a person and their family.Â I commend all the candidates this year â€“ up and down the ticket â€“ who ran because they wanted to make a difference.Â I also want to thank every voter who cast a ballot in this election.Â We are stronger when more people make their voices heard.â€ť
â€śCongratulations to Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz for winning Connecticutâ€™s gubernatorial election,â€ť Wyman said.Â â€śVoters made their voices heard today in record numbers, which is a great day for democracy.Â Ned and Susan ran a competitive campaign, and I wish them both the best of luck leading our state forward.Â We face difficult challenges ahead, but I know that together we can overcome them and that Connecticutâ€™s best days are ahead of us.â€ť
168 out 0f 169 towns completely reported results to the secretary of the state. There will be a victory speech in Hartford at noon.
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