Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy declared victory over Republican challenger Tom Foley although the final numbers are still to come. It will be another famously close result with—just like 2010—the cities delivering for the Democratic governor.
In other closely watched races in New England, Republican Charlie Baker wins in Massachusetts. Democrat Martha Coakley conceded just after 8 am Wednesday. New Hampshire Democratic US Sen. Jean Shaheen held on to beat Scott Brown. (The Shad predicted each of these races correctly however the margins of the victories were smaller than I predicted).
Malloy and Foley engaged in one of the nastiest campaigns in the country and one of the most negative in Connecticut in recent memory. At every turn they questioned each other’s honesty, integrity and character. The economy, education, transportation and gun control were among the key issues. It got so bad that a segment of the final debate became a target for ridicule for The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.
Nearly Democratic incumbents were all reelected to their constitutional offices—Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Attorney General George Jepsen, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Secretary of State Denise Merrill in a surprisingly close race. However, the contest for state treasurer between Democrat Denise Nappier and Republican challenger Tim Herbst is still too close to call. Republicans picked up eight seats in the state House and one in the Senate.