November 5th, 2010
06:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrat declared winner of Connecticut gov. race

(CNN) - Democrat Dan Malloy has won the tight Connecticut governor's race over Republican Tom Foley, secretary of state Susan Bysiewicz announced by statement Friday.

The victory for Malloy, the former mayor of Stamford, is the first for a Democrat in the state since 1986. He will replace M. Jodi Rell, who retired from office.

Figures Friday evening showed Malloy, 55, received 566,498 votes and Foley got 560,861 votes.

The difference of 5,637 votes exceeds the 2,000-vote margin necessary to trigger an automatic statewide recount, Bysiewicz said, and there will be no statewide recount.

Foley, a businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, told the Hartford Courant he is not ready to concede unless he is sure the numbers are accurate. He has not decided on a challenge.

"As Secretary of the State, it is my job to make sure that everyone's voice is heard and that every vote is counted," Bysiewicz said. "The closeness of this election highlights the importance of every person's vote."

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  1. Virginia Veteran/Father

    I used to be a Republican ... Maybe Tavern-Boy Boehner and the Tea Drinkers have some great new ideas ... besides being the obstructionist Party of NO. I doubt it ... just like the Contract on America ... the Republicans will get drunk with power, betray the American people and be voted out ... if only we had enough of a memory not to let them back in every time they betray US. Oh, and where are the WMD in Iraq President Bush? You sent my SON to die for NOTHING, you Oil Slicked Liar ... Obama let you get away with your Treason because we had a huge economic mess to clean up ... but History will not be so kind. The Bush and Cheney names will forever be associated with Crimes against USA!

    November 5, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. ArizonaYankee

    Another Socialist narcissistic liar. Great...

    November 5, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    Connecticut has a very liberal, sophisticated, evolved, and accomplished group of citizens.
    It is grown-up enough to handle a Democratic govenor.
    Other states could aspire to model themselves after Connecticut, but, in reality, the realization of such a goal is unlikely to be achieved, the way regional demographics are developing in our country: cultural conditioning often eclipses human potential.

    November 5, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. jschmidt

    Well now the Dems control it all. I'm looking for an escape route from this state. Malloy wins 43 of 169 town, because of the big cities and unions. THe vote counting was a farce. In Bridgeport, voters got multiple ballots, voters weren't checked, and completed ballots were not protected.
    Some facts for voters from the Tax Foundation: Connecticut's State/Local Tax Burden is Third-Highest in Nation. Connecticut’s 2010 Business Tax Climate Ranks 48th in the country. Connecticut’s property tax collections per capita rank 2nd highest nationally, behind only New Jersey. Connecticut's gasoline tax stands at 41.9 cents per gallon (4th highest nationally). Connecticut only gets $.69 back from every dollar we send to DC, which is the 3rd lowest nationally. Tax Freedom Day arrives on April 27 in Connecticut, the latest in the Nation. Why is Connecticut's unfunded liability at nearly $15.9 billion, the second-highest unfunded pension liability per capita in the country?

    November 5, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. Peter E

    Why can't runoff elections just be universal in America? If no candidate reaches 50% (and in this case they haven't, there were two other candidates in the race who got a few thousand votes themselves) then the top two candidates automatically go on to a runoff election.
    Election after election I continue to be amused that we have the galls to criticize other countries' voting when we can't clean up our own.

    November 5, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, elections are always 'stolen' from the loser, who will accuse his opponent of fraud, intimidation, and disenfranchisement... Even though in this case the very reason why there was any controversy to begin with is because thousands of democrats were disenfranchised, and despite that the democratic candidate still won! Foley is a sore loser and a coward. He is afraid to go to the courts and to recount because he knows he'd just lose by even greater numbers if all the fraud was cleared up!

    November 5, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. Amy

    Tom Foley should have won. He would have been a great governor. He’s smart and has a beautiful family. My favorite ad of the entire season is the one that features his son – talk about a cute young man!

    November 5, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. addix

    I see the republicons can't cheat it all.

    November 6, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Its too close!

    November 6, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  10. DanteX

    "Foley ... told the Hartford Courant 'he is not ready to concede unless he is sure the numbers are accurate.' He has not decided on a challenge."


    Typical but NOT unexpected for a Conservative Republican – They have ALWAYS had a sesne of "entitlement" when it comes to holding public office.

    Sorry Mr. Foley – Join the ranks of the unemployed. There is NOTHING for you to "decide" in this instance. The people have UNEQUIVOCALLY spoken – So accept your defeat and "the will of the people" as your party is always so QUICK to say. But I forgot – Under the Republican Party's duplicitous standard, such a novel idea ONLY applies when it is NOT a Republican candidate that has been defeated.

    November 6, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  11. Phillip

    CNN should just start all its updates and articles with "CNN is glad to report..."

    November 6, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  12. Mark

    If Malloy wins, then the Democrats rule the executive office, house, and senate. Republicans and conservatives might as well pack up and leave this's a lost cause. The liberals are going to have a field day raising taxes and expanding goverment, which Malloy is obsessed with...not to mention he has a jerky, condescending attitude and not a nice person in general. He's kind of a prick, basically.

    November 6, 2010 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  13. Sherri W.W.

    thank the Lord for another state Under Democratic leadership! Too bad several more states~like Florida and Texas coud not have figured that out!~Mores the pety for all of us.

    November 6, 2010 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  14. Willy Brown

    Wonder how many of those 5,637 ballots are legit?.

    November 6, 2010 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  15. Franky

    Although the GOP had massive success in the last election, the overall result in this election showed that the voters are also smarter. Voters are cautious about conservative politics and disappointed with liberal policies. The practice of democracy is better played out in balance of power between the branches of government not in the politics... i hope!

    November 6, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  16. CT Native

    This is very good news for Connecticut.

    November 6, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
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