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August 13, 2012

By Jennifer Springer

The primary season continues with elections in Connecticut tomorrow.

Here's what to watch for in Connecticut, where polling places will be open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time on election day.[1]

Contested Primaries in Connecticut -- August 14, 2012
U.S. House
(5 seats)
State Legislature
(187 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 1 (20.00%) 14 (7.49%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 2 (40.00%) 1 (0.53%)

Congress

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Connecticut, 2012

Connecticut has a total of 5 seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 16 candidates have filed to run, made up of 3 Democratic challengers, 9 Republican challengers, and 4 incumbents. A total of 387 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 55.43% of possible primaries have been contested. Connecticut's contested figure of 30.00% (3 out of 10 possible party primaries) is less competitive than the national average.

Four of Connecticut's five incumbents are running for re-election. All four are running unopposed in their primaries. John Larson (D) of the 1st district, Joe Courtney (D) of the 2nd district, Rosa L. DeLauro (D) of the 3rd district, and Jim Himes (D) of the 4th district are all seeking re-election. Incumbent Christopher S. Murphy is seeking the Democratic nomination in the race for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat.

There are only three congressional contested primaries tomorrow. In the 2nd district Republican primary, candidate Daria Novak faces Paul M Formica for the nomination. The open seat in Connecticut's 5th district drew candidates from both parties, and there are contested races on both tickets. In the Democratic primary, Christopher Donovan, the current Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, Elizabeth Esty, a former Connecticut state representative, and Dan Roberti are all running for the nomination.[2] On the Republican ticket, Justin Bernier, Mark Greenberg, Connecticut state senator Andrew Roraback, and Lisa Wilson-Foley are all running for the nomination.[2]

U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012

Incumbent Joe Lieberman, who first assumed office in 1988, did not seek re-election in 2012. On the Democratic ticket, candidates Susan Bysiewicz, the former Connecticut Secretary of State, and current 5th district representative Christopher S. Murphy are running for the nomination. On the Republican ticket former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment Linda McMahon and former U.S. Representative Chris Shays are facing off for the nomination.[2]

On July 19, 2012, Democratic candidate Susan Bysiewicz began airing an ad that takes aim at her rival for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, Christopher S. Murphy.[3] The problem was, Susan Bysiewicz made an error and was actually attacking Murphy based on information about former Congressman Scott Murphy (D-NY).[3]

The ad accuses Murphy of taking “more hedge fund money than any Democrat in Congress.”[3] In 2010, the top Democratic recipient of hedge fund contributions was Scott Murphy (D-NY), but not Christopher S. Murphy (D-CT) as the ad falsely claims.[3]


Members of the U.S. House from Connecticut -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 5
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 5 5

State legislature

Connecticut State Senate elections, 2012 and Connecticut House of Representatives elections, 2012

There are 187 total legislative seats with elections in 2012 -- 26 Senate seats and 151 House seats.

There are 14 (7.49%) contested Democratic primaries and 1 (0.53%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there will be 15 (4.01%) races tomorrow with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 4.01% figure of total contested primaries in Connecticut is lower than the current national contested average of 19.38% for states that have had filing deadlines.

Note: In Connecticut:

  • Endorsed candidates must be chosen at a party convention.
  • No more than one candidate is allowed to be nominated for any office at the convention.
  • That candidate then runs in the primary as a "party-endorsed candidate".
  • Both endorsed and non-endorsed candidates must receive at least 15% of the vote at a convention or gather enough signatures to equal 2% of enrolled party members.
  • If there is only one candidate, no primary is held.

Senate

Heading into the election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Connecticut State Senate.

These are the contested races in the Connecticut State Senate:

Democratic Party District 19: Incumbent Edith Prague will not seek re-election, leaving an open seat. Tom Reynolds and Catherina A. Osten will face off for the nomination. The winner will face Christopher Coutu (R) in the general election.
Democratic Party District 23: Incumbent Edwin Gomes, who first assumed office in 2005, faces two primary challengers, Ernest E. Newton, II and Andres Ayala, Jr.. The winner of the Democratic nomination will face Caz Mizera (R) in the general election. Incumbent Gomes is also running on the on the Working Families Party ticket.
Democratic Party District 33: Incumbent Eileen Daily will not run for re-election, leaving the seat open and drawing competition from Mary Ellen Klinck and James Crawford in the Democratic primary. Candidate Art Linares (R) will face the winner of the primary in the general election.

House

Heading into the election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Connecticut House of Representatives.

Democratic Party District 5: The open seat created by incumbent Marie Lopez Kirkley-Bey not seeking re-election drew three candidates for the Democratic primary. Leo Canty, Brandon McGee, and Donald Trinks are all seeking the Democratic nomination. Candidate Paul Panos is running unopposed in the Republican primary, and will run against the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election to decide the district seat.
Democratic Party District 13: Incumbent John Thompson will not run for re-election, leaving an open seat. Joe Diminico and Tom Gullotta are facing off for the Democratic nomination. Mark Tweedie (R) will face the winner in the general election.
Democratic Party District 63: The open seat created by incumbent John Rigby's decision to not seek re-election drew a primary competition between candidates Doug Bendetto and Michael J. Renzullo in the Democratic primary. Republican candidate Jay M. Case will face the winner of the primary in the general election.
Democratic Party District 75: Incumbent David Aldarondo faces challenger Victor Cuevas in the Democratic primary. The winner of the nomination will take on candidate John F. Alseph Jr. (R) in the general election.
Democratic Party District 91: Incumbent Peter Villano will not seek re-election, leaving an open seat. Michael C. D'Agostino and John P. Flanagan will battle for the nomination and the district seat. Republican candidate Joseph C. Bertini, Jr. initially filed, but failed to appear on the official candidate list. Therefore, the winner of the seat will face no general election competition.
Republican Party District 107: Incumbent David Scribner (R) faces challenger Harold A. Shaker in the Republican primary. The winner of the primary will be the winner of the district seat.
Democratic Party District 116: Incumbent Louis Esposito faces a primary challenge from Democratic candidate David C. Forsyth. The winner of the Democratic primary will take the district seat.
Democratic Party District 128: Incumbent Andres Ayala, Jr. will not run for re-election, leaving an open Democratic seat. Christina M. Ayala and Angel Reyes are running for the nomination in the Democratic primary. The winner will face candidate Manuel Bataguas (R) in the general election.
Democratic Party District 132: Incumbent Brenda L. Kupchick is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Kevin Coyner and Sue Brand are both vying for the Democratic nomination and the opportunity to take on incumbent Kupchick in the general election.
Connecticut State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 22 22
     Republican Party 14 14
Total 36 36


Connecticut House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 99 98
     Republican Party 52 53
Total 151 151


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