Malloy And Foley Each Declare Victory In Connecticut Governor's Race
The Connecticut race has been lost in the shuffle of some other high-profile, too-close-to-call races from Tuesday's election. Nevertheless, it is increasingly becoming one of the most intriguing stories to come out the election.
Part of the reason for the confusion is that the both candidates were at some point declared the winner. On Wednesday, Connecticut's top election oficial said Democrat Dannel Malloy had won. Earlier, the Associated Press reported that the Republican candidate, Tom Foley, was ahead; however, it recalled that result late Wedneday night and declared that Foley appeared to have the upper hand in the contest.
According to unofficial results released by Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz on Wednesday, Malloy led Foley by 3,103 votes. By Friday, unofficial results showed Malloy increasing that lead to 5,644 votes. The results have yet to be certified, and no winner has officially been declared.
The vote margin is also not enough to trigger an automoatic recount. A recount would only be mandated by state law if the two candidates were separated by fewer than 2,000 votes.
Foley's supporters have questioned whether Bysiewicz, a Democrat, was motivated by partisanship by releasing the unofficial vote totals before they were certified.
Said Foley: “It does raise an eyebrow. I’m a little surprised that the secretary of state would announce an unofficial result when she admits that she doesn’t have all the information. I think someone committed to acting impartially would have been more reserved.”
Foley has asked Bysiewicz to release all of the polling results.
Neither candidate has conceded the race. In fact, both have already formed transition teams as they each prepare to become the state's next governor.
If Malloy prevails, he would become the first Democrat to be elected Governor of that state since 1986.
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