Upstart candidates like Connecticut's Jahana Hayes played a big role in Democrats regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's election. Hayes' victory over Republican opponent Manny Santos also kept the GOP locked out of the state's congressional delegation yet again.
In Connecticut legislative races, Republicans fell well short of their hard-fought bid to win majorities in the state House and Senate. Democrats, after losing ground to the GOP in recent election cycles, will have comfortable margins of power in both chambers when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.
What dampened Connecticut Democratic celebrations last night was the race for governor.
For a time, as voting results very slowly trickled in, Republican Bob Stefanowski was tens of thousands of votes ahead of Democrat Ned Lamont. But the state woke up this morning to reports that overnight vote counting indiciate that Lamont will be the state's 89th governor.
Just minutes before airtime, Stefanowski conceded the race.
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