Ernie Newton concedes to Andre Baker

Fallen state-Sen. Ernest Newton has conceded his bid to return to the legislature to primary challenger Andre Baker.

Baker defeated Newton at Dunbar School – a must win to prevail in that district – 201 to 172 votes.

The political establishment in the city and in Hartford did not want to see Newton return to the General Assembly after he served time for corruption and faces a new trial for campaign finance fraud.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, was in Bridgeport Tuesday campaigning for Baker.

Newton said he’s not sure if he will run again. He also lost the 2012 primary to return to the state Senate.

“It’s too early for any of that”, Newton said.

He went to Baker’s headquarters a few blocks down Stratford Avenue from his own to congratulate the winner in person “like a man.”

“You don’t need a title to make a difference,” Newton said. “I’m going to rest. This has been a joyful ride.”

Newton in part blamed the loss on a lack of money and organization. His criminal record prevented him from participating in the state’s public campaign finance program.

“I thank all of you who volunteered and worked hard against the odds of not having money and support,” Newton said. “The voters have spoken and I can live with that.”

Brian Lockhart