November 5th, 2010
06:39 PM ET
11 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. S. In California

    The day just keeps GETTING BETTER. The only thing the republicans will win in 2010 is a LANDSLIDE LOSS AGAIN. Keep telling yourselves those lies that you "gave us a licking on Tuesday". As I said before you LOST the BIG prize which was Senator Reid's seat. LOSERS are what you are and what you will be for a long time.

    I think I'll visit Connecticut. Great job!

    November 5, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Jerry

    Good every democrat win is a good one.

    November 5, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. C Smith

    But I thought the American public was sending a message to the Democrats? Maybe not. Down with the GOP!

    November 5, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Grace

    I guess they repealed carnival trickery after 24 years. Better late than never.

    November 5, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. belinda

    PELOSI IS AWESOME !!!!!!! Why do White males have a problem with powerful women?????? Because they are a bunch of WIMPS. Grow up u overgrown brats and deal with the fact that women will decide who is president in 2012.

    November 5, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. p

    Congratulations Dan Malloy and best of luck for future ahead. Regards

    November 5, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Prof Ramesh C Manghirmalani

    Good Luck Dan Malloy

    November 5, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Elle

    No tea for us here in Connecticut, thank you. Kentucky and the northern states are two different worlds.

    November 5, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. blake

    Sad. New England and the West coast should succeed from the Union. They can create their Marixst utopias. And the rest of us can continue to puruse the dreams of America's founding fathers and the vast majority of the American people.

    November 5, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. ctvoter23

    i voted for alloy in Bpt

    November 5, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Irene Miscione

    I am very happy to see that the state of CT has accepted the votes of the people of our state. I watched all the coverage that night and Malloy was pretty consistently ahead of Foley. I am glad the debacle of Bridgeport did not provide the republicans fodder for their craziness. i

    November 5, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Dave

    Good for you Dan Malloy!

    November 5, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Louisiana Man

    YEA!! GOOD for the Connecticut smart voters.

    We have Piyush'Bobby' Jindal as our governor-Unlucky us. Always gallivanting around the country campaigning and 'fund raising' for candidates in other states. Cant ever find him in the governor's chair.

    LA is in terrible shape due to the governing of this boy wonder mythical figure and supposedly an IQ that Enstien would envy- {crap that Mike Foster, his mentor, drummed up and the GOP minions ate it up with a spoon}
    <converted from Hindu to Christendom-
    <changed his name from Piyush to American-esq 'Bobby' and was welcomed into the bosom of the GOP with out once being questioned as to the veracity or authenticity of these life changing, bold maneuvers

    But I guess if your Republican-there is no need for inquiry or background checks-after all –
    THEY NEVER speak with forked tongue.

    Despite all of the above emboldens-does not a worthy governor make

    November 5, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Justin

    Yeah malloy!!!!

    November 5, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. gnarly2

    thank goodness. a sane person will head that state.

    November 5, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. works for me

    It seems like the Connecticut population is considerably more intelligent than the citizens of Florida who just elected a crook. This "Governor-elect" Scott has the distinct honor of the largest Medicare fraud scheme fine leveed against anyone in the HISTORY of the UNITED STATES! More Floridians have their heads in the very sands Florida is made of than anywhere else in America. They deserve what they get from this crook. $75 million of his own money to buy the seat. Isn't America great??

    November 5, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Unlike the countless examples of voter fraud that stopped Democrats, this is a case where true Americans won.

    November 5, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. George of the jungle

    Thank goodness one more .

    November 5, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. Mildred

    Nancy Pelosi' and Harry Reid are responsible for this recovering Economy. The policies they put in place actually worked. I wonder why they decided to release the job growth numbers after the election. Looks like something from the GOP play book.

    November 5, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Scott Trent

    Right... I heard the Dem only won after a (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) Lost bag of ballots was found by the Dems...

    November 5, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. John

    A day late and a dollar short. Republicans got 37 out of 50 governor spots...

    November 5, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. austinypc

    Unlike Midwestern and southern states which contributes greatly to the recent collapse of political power of Dem. party in Congress, Connecticut is the only state in which the Democrates have gained power in this election. Previously , GOP had the governor seats for more than ten years. All the five House members are Democrats while only five years ago, three of the five House members are Republican. Ironically, the dominant influence of this election is from Bridgeport, an economically highly distressed city, where the Dem. voter outnumbers Rep. voter more than three to one.

    November 5, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Tsunami? What Tsunami?

    Boy, those Republicans sure seem to have lost a bunch of the sure-shot races they said they were gonna win.

    November 5, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. hjs3

    Dan Malloy will make a GREAT GOV. there in CT....
    As a former nine year resident of Stamford, I was always intrigued with his wit and ability to to get to a viable bottom line.
    Best wishes to both him and his family....
    Ct residents will be very well served me thinks..

    November 5, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Metropl

    Finally, a Secretary of State that stops a circus before it spirals out of control. Not sure about the winner, though. Let's see how it goes.

    November 5, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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