Clinton, Dodd Win in Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Bill Clinton coasted to a win Tuesday in a state that hadn’t gone Democratic since 1968, while Sen. Christopher J. Dodd gained a third term despite a flood of television advertising by his millionaire opponent.
With 82 percent of the precincts reporting, Clinton had 554,338 votes, or 42 percent, to Bush’s 469,109 votes, or 36 percent, and Perot’s 292,707 votes, or 22 percent.
The state had not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since Hubert Humphrey.
In the Senate race, with 83 percent of the precincts reporting, Dodd had 728,932 votes, or 61 percent, to Republican Brook Johnson’s 466,849 votes, or 39 percent.
Johnson portrayed Dodd as a big spender who traveled the world on taxpayer money. Dodd counterattacked by criticizing Johnson for selling his American plants and investing overseas. He also accused Johnson of failing to vote in eight of the past 10 elections, and for moving to Florida for several months last year.
First-term Rep. Gary Franks, the lone black Republican in Congress, defeated Democrat James Lawlor, a probate judge, and state Rep. Lynn Taborsak, who ran under Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr.’s independent A Connecticut Party.
The six House seats were even split between the major parties.