Democrats sweep top races on Connecticut ballot

Published on Wednesday, 9 November 2016 14:40
Written by SUSAN HAIGH

Associated Press

HARTFORD - Connecticut's all-Democrat congressional delegation will be returning to Washington intact.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal won re-election and Democratic incumbents swept the races for U.S. House on a night that also saw Connecticut vote for Hillary Clinton.

A closer look at Tuesday's results from key races in Connecticut:



All five Democratic U.S. House members from Connecticut have won re-election, including Rosa DeLauro, the longest-serving member of the delegation who sought a 14th term. DeLauro and fellow Reps. John Larson, Joe Courtney, Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty, along with Blumenthal and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, comprise the state's all-Democrat delegation to Congress. The last Republican to serve in the state's delegation was U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays in 2009.



Early results showed Republicans picking up enough seats to create an 18-18 tie in the Connecticut Senate. Theoretically, Democrats will still have control over the chamber because Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will break any tie votes. Meanwhile, Republicans also picked up additional seats in the state House of Representatives, further narrowing the Democrats’ advantage. Many GOP candidates had linked Democratic candidates with the state's unpopular Democratic governor, Dannel P. Malloy, and his handling of the state budget.



In six consecutive presidential elections, Connecticut has voted for the Democrat, going back to President Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. Hillary Clinton made it seven as she topped Republican Donald Trump to win the state's seven electoral votes. Both candidates campaigned in Connecticut during their primary contests, but the Democrat-leaning state did not receive nearly the amount of attention as battleground states during the general campaign.



Dr. William Petit, whose wife and two daughters were killed in a notorious 2007 home invasion, declared victory in his bid for a seat in the Connecticut House. He was facing state Rep. Betty Boukus, an 11-term Democrat who is House chair of the powerful bonding subcommittee. Petit was running as a Republican and a fiscal conservative for the seat representing Plainville and New Britain.



The re-election bid of Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal received far less attention than his 2010 race, when his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, spent $50 million of her own money on her campaign. McMahon is a former professional wrestling executive. This year, the 70-year-old Blumenthal easily defeated Dan Carter, a state representative from Bethel. The two men clashed on gun control in the contest's only debate.



Voter turnout was brisk across the state Tuesday. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said turnout could exceed the 70-to-75 percent that is typical for presidential elections. Voter registration topped 2.1 million people, a record, and nearly 30,000 people took advantage of the state's new same-day voter registration law. There were reports of people who waited in long lines to register and were angered when time ran out.



The secretary of the state's office reported some problems on Election Day. Some ballots with the wrong legislative candidate were delivered to a polling place in northern Hartford, but the problem was detected quickly and few, if any, ballots had to be corrected. Merrill also advised New Haven officials to bring in more staff because of long lines at the polls, and a few minor voting machine malfunctions were reported.


Associated Press writers Dave Collins in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and Pat Eaton-Robb in Willimantic, Connecticut, contributed to this report.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Business, Newington News, State on Wednesday, 9 November 2016 14:40. Updated: Wednesday, 9 November 2016 14:43.