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Stamford mirrors statewide primary voting trends

August 17, 2018

STAMFORD — With an upset in city’s only contested Democratic primary in the 146th state House of Representative’s district, and a former Democrat drubbing a Darien Republican for the GOP’s spot in the northern 147th, primary day had some local surprises, but unofficial results show the city otherwise mirrored statewide trends.

In the governor’s races, where Ned Lamont beat Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, both Democrats, by eye-popping margins, the victorious Greenwich businessman won by similar totals in Stamford — 5,608 votes to Ganim’s 1,189.

Susan Bysiewicz, who won the Democratic ticket for lieutenant governor by a 24 percent margin, also won Stamford with more than 67 percent of the vote.

The city also backed statewide Democratic winners in the treasurer’s race, and the attorney general contest.

State Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, won the statewide primary handily, beating out the other two Democrats by tens of thousands of votes and with more than 5,300 coming from his home city, where he drubbed Paul Doyle and Chris Mattei with nearly 75 percent of the local vote.

In the statewide GOP races, where Bob Stefanowski handily won the state, he only narrowly pulled out a Stamford victory — beating the endorsed Danbury Mayor, Mark Boughton, by only one vote.

The other three primary contestants lost the city by similar margins to how they lost the state.

Not enough lower Fairfield County favoritism played out in the lieutenant governor contest, where Stamford — like the state — decided against giving Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson the nod. State Sen. Joe Markley, of Southington, carried the sate with 47 percent of the vote to Stevenson’s 20 percent.

The race was closer in Stamford, but Markley still beat Stevenson with a 4.5 percent margin.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart came in second statewide with 33 percent of the tally, but lost Stamford with fewer than half the votes than Stevenson and Markley.

In the GOP primary to see who would face U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy in November, Stamford too reflected the state, as it did in the comptroller, attorney general and treasurer races.

State Sen. Art Linares, in his run for treasurer, didn’t see a Stamford connection — his wife state Rep. Caroline Simmons represents the city — pay off Tuesday, losing the city by a larger margin than he lost the state.

Thad Gray got the GOP spot over Linares by a 12 percent margin statewide, but beat Linares by a nearly 30 percent margin in the Lock City.

barry.lytton@stamfordadvocate.com; 203-964-2263; @bglytton

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