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Breaking down the GOP Senate primary

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Don’t worry, we’re not in the business of calling Florida for Al Gore or George W. Bush a la the 2000 election. But here’s a primer on things political junkies will be monitoring closely tonight as the returns come in from the Republican Senate primary race between Christopher Shays and Linda McMahon. 1) Can Shays, […] [Read More]
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Voting picks up slightly in Danbury

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Voting officials in Danbury reported that as of 5 p.m., about 20 percent of the city’s registered Republicans had hit the polls, while about 13 percent of registered Democrats had cast their ballots. While the voting picked up slightly from earlier today, the turnout is still behind two years ago, when about 23 percent of […] [Read More]
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Shays: McMahon trying to poach my supporters

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Christopher Shays claims Linda McMahon’s campaign is already calling on his key supporters to endorse her for the general election immediately after she wins the primary. “If they lose the election, they will have lost because they were acting like they won the World Series when they hadn’t even won the pennant,” Shays said. UPDATE: […] [Read More]
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Light voter turnout in Danbury’s Fifth Ward

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DANBURY — The early numbers are in and voter turnout in the state’s primary election has been lower than expected. Polls opened at 6 a.m. and by 1:15 p.m. only 126 of 1,182, or 11 percent,  registered Democrats had turned out to vote. Meanwhile, 90 of 666 (14 percent) Republicans had voted. The turnout target […] [Read More]
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The Shays express…or is it the local?

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No, Christopher Shays is not joining the ranks of reverse commuters. The prohibitive underdog in today’s Republican Senate primary did hop a train this afternoon for Grand Central Terminal, however. The Metro-North hub strikes Shays as a target-rich environment for Wall Street types and other card carrying Republicans. Shays boarded a train in Stamford with […] [Read More]
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Business casual

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Poor August. How many times have we heard Connecticut’s primary system get knocked for holding party run-offs during the dog days? Consider this: if the primaries were in September, would you be able to wear Nantucket reds to the phone bank? What about flip-flops. It must be summer in Connecticut. And no, this isn’t a […] [Read More]
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Linda’s Ground Game

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Even at this late hour in the primary race, Linda McMahon’s army of paid and unpaid campaign workers is manning the phone banks at her field offices, like this one in Norwalk. They’re calling registered Republicans throughout the 4th Congressional District reminding them to vote for Linda. Though McMahon is the prohibitive favorite to win […] [Read More]
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Low turnout in Danbury

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It’s slow going in Danbury where voting officials report that just 10 percent  of registered Democrats voted as of 2 p.m. Republicans had a little bit of a better showing, with about 14 percent of the city’s GOP ranks hitting the polls in the city that’s supporting Lisa Wils0n-Foley’s primary bid for her party’s nomination […] [Read More]
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Slow and steady wins the (primary) race in Newtown

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Judging by the turnout earlier today at Reed Intermediate School, slow and steady will win the primary race in Newtown. Just try not to trip over all the campaign signs.  There were lots of them curled along the edge of the parking lot here to greet voters.  If you’re a registered Republican or Democrat and haven’t voted yet, there’s still time […] [Read More]
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Rain holding off in SW CT; scattering showers in 5th CD

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The solid line of rain that was heading to Connecticut this morning has tailed off into showers for the northwest and grey but mostly dry in the southwest. Here’s the current Primary Day satellite: http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=okx&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=no [Read More]
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