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2018

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

It didn’t take long for the gloves to come off in the race to be Connecticut’s next governor.

Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET

Vermont voters made history on Tuesday as Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, won the Democratic primary for governor.

Hallquist, who will now face Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the general election, becomes the first openly transgender person to ever win a major party's nomination for governor in U.S. history. If she wins in November, she'd be the nation's first transgender governor.

GOP Voters Choose Corey To Challenge Murphy

Aug 15, 2018
Matthew Corey accepting the GOP endorsement for U.S. Senate.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Matthew Corey has defeated fellow Republican Dominic Rapini for the chance to run against Connecticut’s most heavily financed and formidable political opponent — Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill expects voter turnout in Tuesday’s statewide primary elections to be greater than the 20-to-25 percent of the party-affiliated voters that usually come out for the August primaries.

A new study by the Wesleyan Media Project finds Republican candidates are praising President Donald Trump at record rates in their advertising for November’s midterm election.

Michael Franz, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project, said the study is their first look at national broadcast and cable television advertising for the 2018 midterm and they’ve found even a few red state Democrats are speaking positively about Trump.

Updated at 8:26 a.m. ET

Republican Troy Balderson held a narrow lead over Democrat Danny O'Connor in a hotly-contested Ohio special congressional election, with outstanding provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted.

Even if Balderson secures victory in the end, the result is sending the GOP warning signs for what's to come in November.

Ganim Benefits From Lamont's Fear Of Alienating Bridgeport

Aug 7, 2018
Ned Lamont addresses the camera, while Joe Ganim looks on.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim was more aggressive Tuesday in questioning why Ned Lamont might be reluctant to support a convicted extortionist for governor than Lamont was in challenging Ganim’s fitness to lead Connecticut after seven years in prison for using his office to routinely shake down city contractors for bribes.

With the Republican primary just three weeks away, all five GOP candidates for Connecticut governor tried to differentiate themselves at a debate at Sacred Heart University Tuesday afternoon.

Trump Digs Coal, And GOP Candidates Skip Climate Forum

Jul 17, 2018
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

By skipping a forum on climate change Monday night, the five Republican candidates for governor saved themselves from two unpalatable options: Defending the Trump administration’s love affair with coal to furious environmentalists, or riling the GOP base a month before the primary by publicly breaking with the president.

In a debate in New Haven Thursday night, the two candidates contesting the Connecticut Democratic Party primary for governor sparred over who would best represent the Connecticut voter. The debate was sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Realtors.

GOP Gubernatorial Field Shows A More Combative Side

Jul 13, 2018
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

On a cabaret stage Thursday night, the five Republican candidates for governor shed the reticence that has blurred differences and personalities in the long slog to next month’s GOP primary, prodded by a radio talk-show host intent on producing 90 minutes of engaging programming.

The two Democrats vying for Elizabeth Esty’s 5th District congressional seat say they’ll fight partisanship in Washington and work to create jobs and better educational choices.

Ganim, Stemerman Qualify For Gubernatorial Primaries

Jun 20, 2018
Ryan Caron King/Mark Pazniokas / Connecticut Public Radio/CTMirror.org

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, a Democrat trying to overcome a corruption conviction, and Republican David Stemerman, a hedge fund manager new to politics, each qualified Tuesday for gubernatorial primaries on Aug. 14, giving Democrats at least a two-way contest and guaranteeing the GOP an unprecedented five-way race.

A Cordial GOP Debate, Until Malloy Is Mentioned

Jun 12, 2018
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

In the first debate since the Republican field of gubernatorial candidates shed a half-dozen candidates, a quartet of GOP contenders talked tough Monday night about immigrants, state spending, tolls, public-sector unions and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy  — pretty much everything and everyone but each other.

With No One On His Right, Herbst Takes Aim At Boughton

Jun 4, 2018
Timothy Herbst consulting with his father at a GOP forum in January.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Timothy Herbst is in a good mood. At the Cromwell Diner, where he just chatted with the mayor and former police chief over a breakfast of coffee, eggs and politics, he says he can see a path through a crowded field to the Republican nomination for governor — even if it means stealing a page from the GOP’s bête noire, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.