Democrat Ned Lamont appeared poised to become the next governor as of mid morning, holding the lead in the race with New Haven’s results still to come.
According to Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill’s Election Center, an online portal showing results as they come in from registrars, Lamont held a roughly 18,000 vote lead over Republican Bob Stefanowski as of 8 a.m.
The results indicate that 94 percent of precincts had provided results, with one Clinton district and all of New Haven, a Democratic stronghold still outstanding.
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, meanwhile, remains locked in a tight battle with Republican Michael Gagliardi, with just a 37 vote lead, 5,892 to 5,855, after all precincts in the district reported to the portal.
The portal also shows that Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire, won her reelection bid in the 103rd House District with a 5,381 to 4,680 tally after 100 percent of the precincts in the district reported.
She defeated Republican Diane Pagano, also of Cheshire, to retain the district that includes portions of Cheshire, Southington, and Wallingford.
For Lamont and running mate Susan Bysiewicz, the lead appears to put him on the path to victory because of New Haven’s Democratic lean.
If the result holds, Democrats would sweep the statewide races. Most other Democratic candidates for constitutional offices won comfortable with the exception of William Tong, who had a narrow victory over Republican Sue Hatfield in a tight attorney general race.
New Haven’s results aren’t without controversy, as the city again had a long line for Election Day Registration. While voters in line by 8 p.m. can vote even after polls close, they need to be registered by that deadline.
City officials had interested voters take their oath of registration in mass just before 8 p.m. and allowed them to stay in line to vote. Republicans questioned the legality of the decision and filed an injunction to keep the ballots separate, but not yet disqualify them.
Those separated ballots won’t be a factor, though, unless Stefanowski is able to win New Haven and close the deficit.