Ten special elections decided Tuesday

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February 23, 2011

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By Tyler Millhouse

Two states, Connecticut and Missouri, held special elections on Tuesday to fill 10 legislative vacancies. One state, South Carolina, held a special election primary. Across the nation, 27 states use special elections to fill legislative vacancies.

The following is a breakdown of Tuesday's special elections:

Connecticut

  • Connecticut Senate District 13: Len Suzio (R) defeated Thomas Bruenn (D) to fill the 13th District Senate seat.[1] The vacancy was created when Thomas Gaffey (D) left office after pleading guilty to misdemeanor larceny charges.[2]
  • Connecticut House District 25: Bobby Sanchez (D) ran unopposed in Tuesday's special election.[1] The 25th District House seat was vacated when John C. Geragosian (D) resigned to serve as a state auditor.[2]
  • Connecticut House District 99: James Albis (D) defeated Linda Monaco (R) to fill the 99th District House seat.[1] The vacancy was created when Michael Lawlor (D) resigned to serve as Undersecretary for Criminal Justice.[2]

Missouri

  • Missouri State Senate|Missouri Senate District 9: Shalonn Curls (D) defeated Nola Wood (R) to fill the 9th Senate District seat.[3] The vacancy was created when Yvonne Wilson (D) announced her resignation on November 2, 2010 (effective December 31, 2010). Wilson, 81, cited a desire to spend more time at home and a need for younger leadership as reasons for her retirement.[4]

South Carolina

  • South Carolina Senate District 16: Greg Gregory (R) defeated four other candidates in the February 22 Republican primary. He will face Keith Brann (D) and Stan Smith (L) in the general election. The 16th District was vacated when Michael Mulvaney (R) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 2 general election.[5]

Partisan impact

The Republican Party picked up two seats in Tuesday's special elections, both in Connecticut.

Connecticut Senate Partisan Balance

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 22
     Republican Party 14
Total 36

Connecticut House Partisan Balance

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 97
     Republican Party 54
Total 151

Missouri Senate Partisan Balance

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 9
     Republican Party 23
     Vacancy 2
Total 34


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