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‘A Shot,’ ‘A GOP Opportunity’: CT-Gov. Election Turns to Competitive General

After Tuesday night's primary results, attention in Connecticut will turn to a race that's expected to be razor thin.

By NTK Staff | 08.15.2018 @8:06am
‘A Shot,’ ‘A GOP Opportunity’: CT-Gov. Election Turns to Competitive General

On Tuesday evening, businessmen Bob Stefanowski and Ned Lamont won the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial primaries in Connecticut, respectively.

Connecticut doesn’t strike most outside observers as the state to have one of the closest and most exciting statewide elections of the 2018 cycle.

But, as national outlets have explained in recent days, the unpopularity of two-term Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-CT) puts this seat in play for Republicans in an otherwise tough midterm cycle.

  • Politico: “Republicans sense an opening despite the state’s Democratic lean, given retiring Gov. Dannel Malloy’s putrid approval ratings. And a victory in Connecticut could allow Republicans to increase their ranks in New England, even as the party struggles elsewhere.”
  • USA Today: “Retiring Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy’s deep unpopularity gives Republicans a shot at the governor’s mansion in this blue state for the first time in eight years.”
  • CNN: “Retiring Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy’s deep unpopularity in this state have Republicans eyeing the Connecticut gubernatorial race as a potential pickup during an otherwise tough election cycle.”

In Stefanowski, Republicans have a businessman who is pledging to cut taxes, right Connecticut’s fiscal ship, and make the state more hospitable for businesses.

In Lamont, Democrats have a (twice) former statewide candidate who lost contests for U.S. Senate (2006) and governor (2010). Voters in Connecticut are familiar with Lamont, but it’s unclear if voters in November will be enthusiastic to pull the lever for four more years of high-tax, liberal policies.

Expect Stefanowski, Lamont, and outside groups to spend millions of dollars on this race over the next three months.

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