Connecticut voters occupied a variety of political positions on Tuesday. Beginning Friday, voters elected Democrats to most vacancies in the state, filling all four of Connecticut’s constitutional offices — secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and attorney general — and increasing the party’s influence. In the state legislature, Democrats control the trifecta: governor, state senate, and state house.
Incumbent Democrat Ned Lamont won the governor’s race, receiving 56 percent of the vote. Second-place Republican Bob Stefanowski had 43% of the vote, while independent Robert Hotaling won 1%. Of Connecticut’s eight counties, six were run by the Democrats, while two, Litchfield and Windham counties, were run by the GOP. This divide was a recurring theme in the Connecticut Attorney General and Secretary of State elections.
This is the second time Lamont has won against Stefanowski. The two previously faced each other in 2018 when Lamont won by around 40,000 votes.
Incumbent Democrat William Tong won the attorney general seat with 56.9% of the vote, followed by Republican Jessica Kordas with 41.5%. Independent AP Pascarella and the Greens’ Ken Krayeske received 1% and 0.6% of the vote, respectively.
Democratic nominee Stephanie Thomas will now assume the role of Secretary of State for Connecticut and will receive 55.1% of the vote. For that office, Republican Dominic Rapini received 42.8%, while Cynthia Jennings, an independent, received 2.1%.
In the race for a U.S. Senate seat, Democratic incumbent Richard Blumenthal took the lead with 57.5% of the total vote, beating Republican Leora Levy with 42.5%. This victory is significant as Levy had the support of former President Donald Trump. Trump lost the state by 20 points to President Biden in the 2020 election.
The Democrats also won all five seats in the Connecticut U.S. House of Representatives. Incumbent candidates John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa L. DeLauro, Jim Himes and Jahana Hayes will all continue in their roles, with all districts voting for the Democratic Party.
The GOP hoped that candidate George Logan would take the lead in the 5th congressional district against Hayes. Logan had previously won elections against incumbent Democrats in the past, making him a strong contender in the race. This particular Republican loss continues Connecticut’s 14-year record of Democratic representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Voters also have the first question on Conn’s 2022 ballot. passed, which will introduce early voting in future elections. Prior to the Midterms, Connecticut was one of only four states that did not allow access to early voting; the other states were Alabama, Mississippi, and New Hampshire. Overall, more than 350,000 people voted “yes” to question one, resulting in 60% of the vote in favor of amending the state constitution.