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Bolinsky squeaks by Democratic challenger in Newtown state house race

November 7, 2018

NEWTOWN - State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky squeaked by challenger Rebekah Harriman-Stites to win a fourth term representing the town in the state House of Representatives, according to unofficial results announced Wednesday morning.

“Thank you, Newtown,” Bolinsky wrote in a social media post. “It’s an honor to be your voice in Hartford for two more years.”

Bolinsky, a three-term Republican, edged out Democrat Harriman Stites by 145 votes out of 11,000 votes, according to the Town Clerk.

The tally was not available on election night because the results were so close.

On Wednesday, Harriman-Stites said she was disappointed but not discouraged.

“I definitely don’t feel defeated,” said Harriman-Stites, the vice chair of the Newtown Board of Education. “We worked hard.”

Bolinsky will return to Hartford to represent the 106th District, which represents all but a few thousand Newtowners.

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