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Candidates for Secretary of State, 2010


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The Connecticut Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. State representative Denise Merrill announced her candidacy for the statewide office in December of 2009.[1] The Connecticut Democratic Party endorsed her campaign at its state convention on May 27, 2010,[2][3] and she officially captured the party nomination after defeating former 9th ward alderman Gerry Garcia in the primary election on August 10.

On the general election ballot, Merrill ran on both the Democratic and Working Families tickets. She was met in the general election by Jerry Farrell, the Commissioner of the State Department of Consumer Protection, who was unopposed in the primary election and officially received the endorsement of the Connecticut Republican Party at their state convention on May 22, 2010,[4] Green Party candidate S. Michael DeRose, and Libertarian Ken Mosher.

Despite a strong showing from Farrell, who received nearly 44% of the vote, Merrill won the seat with 52.9&.

Background

In January 2009, three-term Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced that she would be a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for state's gubernatorial race. Despite a Quinnipiac University poll taken a month later showing that, of the four potential Democratic candidates for the nomination, Bysiewicz led the pack with 44% favoring her candidacy,[5] she announced that she would pursue the position of Connecticut attorney general instead.[6]

However, in mid-May 2010, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that she was ineligible to run for the statewide office, a ruling that has since spurred the introduction of legislation that would change the requirements for that office.[7] Bysiewicz withdrew her name from consideration just prior to the state's Democratic convention. A few days after the decision was handed down, she declared that would not seek re-election as the secretary of state.[8]

Race tracker

Ballotpedia predicted a Democrat would become Connecticut's new Secretary of State.

2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for Connecticut Secretary of State
Race Tracker Race Rating
Ballotpedia Likely Democrat
Overall Call Likely Democrat

General Election campaign

Results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[9]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Denise Merrill 52.9%
     Republican Party Jerry Farrell 43.8%
     Independent Michael J. Telesca 1.3%
     Green Party S. Michael DeRosa 1.2%
     Libertarian Party Ken Mosher 0.8%
Total Votes 1,105,203

Endorsements

Jerry Farrell

Denise Merrill

Finances

According to Follow the Money, the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates is as follows:

Connecticut Secretary of State Campaign Finance
Candidate Total Contributions
Denise Merrill[17] $1,218,956
Jerry Farrell[18] $825,061
S. Michael DeRosa[19] $0
Ken Mosher[20] $0
Michael Telesca[21] $0

Polling

See also: Polls, 2010 Secretary of State elections

Suffolk University Poll

Suffolk University Poll - October 19 - 20, 2010[22]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Denise Merrill (D) 32%
Jerry Farrell (R) 22%
S. Michael DeRosa (Green) 3%
Michael J. Telesca (Independent) 3%
Ken Mosher (Libertarian) 1%
Undecided 39%
Total voters 500

August 10, 2010 primaries

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Drop outs

  • In spite of receiving the requisite 15% at the state convention to force a primary, State Senator Jonathan Harris chose instead to drop out of the race.[27][28]

Electoral results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[29]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Denise Merrill (D) 62.9%
Gerry Garcia (D) 37.1%
Total votes 169,981

Endorsements

Gerry Garcia

Denise Merrill

Finances

According to the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission, as of August 9, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Gerry Garcia Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [41] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
July 16 - July 27, 2010[42] August 3, 2010 $61,257.27 $0.04 $0.00 $0.00 $20,390.84 $40,866.47
July 1 - July 15, 2010[43] July 21, 2010 $13,104.71 $52,785.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4,632.44 $61,257.27
April 1 - June 30, 2010[44] July 12, 2010 $6,632.63 $18,925.00 $0.00 $0.00 $12,452.92 $13,104.71
January 1 - March 31, 2010[45] April 12, 2010 $4,204.22 $6,522.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4,093.59 $6,632.63
October 19 - December 31, 2009[46] January 11, 2010 $0.00 $5,372.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,167.78 $4,204.22
Jonathan Harris Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [41] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[47] July 12, 2010 $0.00 $49,708.27 $0.00 $0.00 $43,039.52 $6,668.75
Denise Merrill Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [41] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
July 28 - August 4, 2010[48] August 5, 2010 $32,147.64 $3,540.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $35,687.64
July 1 - July 27, 2010[49] August 5, 2010 $24,059.55 $15,080.00 $0.00 $0.00 $6,991.91 $32,147.64
April 1 - June 30, 2010[50] July 12, 2010 $28,286.88 $21,055.00 $0.00 $0.00 $22,770.10 $24,059.55
January 1 - March 31, 2010[51] April 12, 2010 $100.00 $38,909.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,622.12 $28,286.88
October 19 - December 31, 2009[52] January 11, 2010 $0.00 $100.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $100.00

Additionally, both Garcia and Merrill have applied and qualified for public financing.[53][54] Connecticut's Public Campaign Finance Law allows candidates for statewide constitutional offices to "qualify for public money if they raise $75,000 in contributions of $100 or less from qualified donors. If that meet that requirement, they are eligible for a $375,000 state grant to fund their campaigns."[55]

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Drop outs

  • Hartford attorney Corey Brinson, who had announced his candidacy on June 29, 2009, withdrew his name from consideration a little under a year later and endorsed Farrell for the statewide position.[58][59]

Finances

According to the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission, as of August 9, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Corey Brinson Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [41] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[60] July 12, 2010 $1,111.03 $300.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,787.00 ($1,375.97)
January 1 - March 31, 2010[61] April 12, 2010 $1,318.03 $2,580.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,787.00 $1,111.03
October 1 - December 31, 2009[62] January 11, 2010 $4,619.74 $1,605.50 $0.00 $0.00 $4,907.21 $1,318.03
July 1 - September 30, 2009[63] October 13, 2009 $4,654.36 $8,297.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,331.62 $4,619.74
April 1 - June 30, 2009[64] July 10, 2009 $0.00 $8,425.24 $0.00 $0.00 $3,770.88 $4,654.36
Jerry Farrell Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [41] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
July 28 - August 4, 2010[65] August 5, 2010 $32,147.64 $3,540.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $35,687.64
July 1 - July 27, 2010[66] July 28, 2010 $24,059.55 $15,080.00 $0.00 $0.00 $6,991.91 $32,147.64
April 1 - June 30, 2010[67] July 12, 2010 $25,774.65 $21,055.00 $0.00 $0.00 $22,770.10 $24,059.55
January 1 - March 31, 2010[68] April 12, 2010 $0.00 $40,575.00 $0.00 $0.00 $14,800.35 $25,774.65

Additionally, Farrell has applied and qualified for public financing.[69][70] Connecticut's Public Campaign Finance Law allows candidates for statewide constitutional offices to "qualify for public money if they raise $75,000 in contributions of $100 or less from qualified donors. If that meet that requirement, they are eligible for a $375,000 state grant to fund their campaigns."[55]

See also

External links

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References

  1. Connecticut News Junkie, "Majority Leader Will Run For Statewide Office" 18 Dec. 2009
  2. YouTube, "Denise Merrill accepts endorsement" 27 May, 2010
  3. Connecticut Bob, "Denise Merrill's Acceptance Speech" 28 May, 2010
  4. The Connecticut Mirror, "Republicans back Farrell for SOTS. Brinson qualifies for primary" 22 May, 2010
  5. Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, "Connecticut's Rell Is Queen Of The Hill At Midterm, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Dodd Has Worst Approval Ever" 10 Feb. 2009
  6. The Middletown Press, "Bysiewicz to seek AG spot" 13 Jan. 2010
  7. Qualifications for Connecticut AG may soon be loosened
  8. The Hartford Courant, "Susan Bysiewicz Says She Will Not Run For Any Office" 21 May, 2010
  9. Connecticut Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  10. Connecticut Watchdog, "CtWatchdog Endorses Jerry Farrell Jr. For Conn Secretary Of The State" 24 Oct. 2010
  11. The Hartford Courant, "Hartford Courant Endorses Republican Jerry Farrell Over Democrat Denise Merrill For Secretary Of The State" 19 Oct. 2010
  12. Daily Ructions, "Check Your Richter Scale: Courant Endorses Jerry Farrell, a Republican" 22 Oct. 2010
  13. Denise Merrill for Secretary of State, "A & R Endorsement" 28 Sept. 2010 (timed out)
  14. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  15. AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  16. Denise Merrill for Secretary of State, "NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC Endorses “Lifelong Supporters of a Woman’s Right to Choose” for Constitutional Offices" 30 Sept. 2010 (timed out)
  17. Follow the Money.org, "Denise Merrill candidate summary," May 23, 2011
  18. Follow the Money.org, "Jerry Farrell candidate summary," May 23, 2011
  19. Follow the Money.org, "S. Michael DeRosa candidate summary," May 23, 2011
  20. Follow the Money.org, "Ken Mosher candidate summary," May 23, 2011
  21. Follow the Money.org, "Michael Telesca candidate summary," May 23, 2011
  22. Suffolk University, "Democrats Leading for Governor and U.S. Senate in Connecticut" 21 Oct. 2010
  23. The Hartford Courant, "Gerry Garcia Running For Secretary Of The State" 30 Oct. 2009
  24. Connecticut News Junkie, "Majority Leader Will Run For Statewide Office" 18 Dec. 2009
  25. YouTube, "Denise Merrill accepts endorsement" 27 May, 2010
  26. Connecticut Bob, "Denise Merrill's Acceptance Speech" 28 May, 2010
  27. West Hartford News, "Sen. Harris announces candidacy for Secretary of State" 1 April, 2010
  28. West Hartford News, "Harris ends bid for secretary of state" 11 June, 2010
  29. Connecticut Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  30. The Hartford Guardian, "CT Hispanic Caucus To Endorse Ned Lamont" 14 July, 2010
  31. New Haven Independent, "DeLauro Endorses Garcia" 13 May, 2010
  32. 32.0 32.1 Connecticut News, "Democratic Candidates For Secretary of State – Endorsements" 9 June, 2010
  33. The Hartford Courant, "Norwich Bulletin Endorses Gerry Garcia For Secretary Of The State; Courant Previously Endorsed Denise Merrill" 5 Aug. 2010
  34. Connecticut Citizen Action Group - CCAG Endorses Jepsen, Merrill, Lembo for Statewide Offices
  35. The Hartford Courant, "U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney Endorses Denise Merrill As Next Secretary Of The State; Larson For Sen. Jonathan Harris" 17 April, 2010
  36. The Hartford Courant, "The Hartford Courant Endorses House Majority Leader Denise Merrill For Secretary Of The State In Primary" 30 July, 2010
  37. Scully Communications, "Denise Merrill Endorsed by Hartford Courant" 31 July, 2010
  38. Connecticut News Junkie, "Spallone Steps Aside, Endorses Merrill" 23 March, 2010
  39. New Britain Herald, "Working Families Party endorses Lembo, Merrill" 23 July, 2010
  40. Connecticut News, "Working Families Party Endorses Merrill for Secretary of State" 29 July, 2010
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  42. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Gerry Garcia 7th Day Preceding Primary Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  43. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Gerry Garcia Itemized Statement for Public Grant Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  44. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Gerry Garcia July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  45. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Gerry Garcia April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  46. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Gerry Garcia January 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  47. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Jonathan Harris July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  48. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Denise W. Merrill Additional Itemized Statement in further support of application for Public Grant
  49. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Denise W. Merrill July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  50. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Denise W. Merrill July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  51. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Denise W. Merrill April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  52. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Denise W. Merrill January 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  53. State Ethics Commission - Gerry Garcia Application for Public Grant
  54. State Ethics Commission - Denise W. Merrill Application for Public Grant
  55. 55.0 55.1 The Hartford Courant, "Denise Merrill reaches public financing threshold" 1 July, 2010
  56. Hartford Courant, "Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell Jr. To Seek Secretary Of State Position" 16 Jan. 2010
  57. The Connecticut Mirror, "Republicans back Farrell for SOTS. Brinson qualifies for primary" 22 May, 2010
  58. Connecticut Public Broadcast Network, "Republican Announces Candidacy for Secretary of the State" 29 June, 2009
  59. My Record Journal, "Farrell will not face primary challenge" 24 May, 2010
  60. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Corey Brinson July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  61. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Corey Brinson April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  62. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Corey Brinson January 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  63. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Corey Brinson October 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  64. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Corey Brinson July 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  65. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Jerry Farrell Itemized Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  66. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Jerry Farrell Itemized Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  67. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Jerry Farrell July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  68. State Elections Enforcement Commission - Jerry Farrell April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  69. State Ethics Commission - Jerry Farrell Application for Public Grant
  70. The Hartford Courant, "Conn. SOTS candidate says he will file for grant" 29 July, 2010