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Years of campaigning have come down to this: It’s Election Day across Connecticut, Massachusetts and the country. The governor’s office is at stake in both states. The Hanging Shad predicts Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy beats Republican Tom Foley by 6 pts. while I see Republican Charlie Baker beating Democrat Martha Coakley by the same margin in Massachusetts.
Malloy claims to have some 10,000 volunteers across the state to work phones, provide rides to the polls and do just about anything to get out the vote. Republicans have similar efforts but the ground game belongs to the Democrats in the bluest of blue state.
The state’s largest gun rights group, the Connecticut Defense League (CCDL) is not sitting idly by after endorsing Foley. Its leaders are rallying the anti-post-Newtown law forces. The CCDL sent out a message to the faithful saying in part, “If you have a few hours of free time, your CCDL endorsed candidates can still use you help with waving signs and talking to undecided last minute voters. Contact their campaign or just bring/make a sign and jump in!…[B]y this time tomorrow we’ll either start down the path toward freedom, or head for the darkest days for gun owners in Connecticut history. Every vote matters!” Pretty dramatic.
Meanwhile, well-known pollster Frank Luntz says Foley’s ads were the worst in the entire election cycle.
To round things out: US Rep. Elizabeth Esty will beat Republican Mark Greenberg. The third-time trying Greenberg is simply too close to tea party-like positions. Democratic Congressman Jim Himes should turn back Dan “Decibel” Debicella although it could be closer than people think. Democrats Rosa Delauro and Joe Courtney will return to Washington as well.
Connecticut constitutional officers—all Democrats—Attorney General George Jepsen and Comptroller Kevin Lembo should win easily. There is a real chance Treasurer Denise Nappier is upset by Republican Tim Herbst, the First Selectman of Trumbull.
The Nappier-Herbst race was marred by an ugly post-debate dust-up between the two. It was the only debate Nappier would agree to except for the one at Hartford Public Library that she agreed to but then bailed out of. She is also mourning the death of her mother.
Nation-wide, I believe the Republicans will gain control of the Senate although New Hampshire’s incumbent Democratic US Sen. Jean Shaheen should hold off Travelin’ Man Scott Brown.
Time to vote!