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Connecticut Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Connecticut Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Nancy Wyman Democratic Party
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Connecticut State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Controller

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The Connecticut lieutenant gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014, following a primary on August 12. The winner will serve a 4-year term in office. In Connecticut, the lieutenant governor is elected on the same ticket with the governor in the general election. Democratic incumbent Nancy Wyman is seeking a second term as Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 2014.

Connecticut is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Though parties decide who may vote in their primary election, the primary is considered closed as neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party allow any voter but those registered with their party to vote.[1]

Deadline Event
June 10 Filing deadline (Major Parties)
August 6 Filing deadline (Independents)
August 12 Primary election
September 3 Filing deadline (Minor Parties)
November 4 General election
December 4 Certificate of canvass completion for general election results
January 7, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

Candidates

General election

Lost in the Republican primary


Primary election results - August 12, 2014

Democratic primary

Incumbent Nancy Wyman was uncontested in the Democratic primary.

Republican primary

Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHeather Somers 34.5% 27,083
Penny Bacchiochi 33.6% 26,312
David Walker 31.9% 25,026
Total Votes 78,421
Election Results Via:Connecticut Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Race background

Incumbent Nancy Wyman (D) was first elected in 2010 and is seeking re-election in 2014 alongside current Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy. Wyman and Malloy were uncontested in their respective primaries on August 12 and will run together for the second cycle in a row in the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

The outcome of the August 12 Republican primary for Connecticut Lieutenant Governor remained unknown until Wednesday afternoon after election day, when state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi conceded the tight race to Groton Town Council Member and former-Mayor Heather Somers.[7][8][9] With 100% of precincts reporting, unofficial results provided by the Connecticut Secretary of State showed Somers edging out Bacchiochi by a razor-sharp margin of about 780 votes. Although not a factor in the suspenseful head-to-head finale, third place finisher David Walker took a respectable 32 percent of the vote, roughly 1,000 votes behind Bacchiochi.[10]

Under Connecticut election law, an automatic recount is triggered if the margin separating the highest vote-getters falls within one-half a percentage point of the total number of ballots cast; for Somers and Bacchiochi, that meant a difference of 1,000 votes. Bacchiochi rejected the ordering of a recount, however, believing it would only waste time.[7] Delegates of the Connecticut Republican Party voted to back Bacchiochi for lieutenant governor at their convention in May, so Somers' victory was a modest upset.[11][12]

Somers will go on to share the ticket with GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley in the general election battle against Democratic incumbents Gov. Dan Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.


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