Four years ago, it was Ned Lamont.
Eight years ago, it was John DeStefano Jr.
But this time around, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is a mere spectator on primary day, with Democrats having cleared the path to the November general election of any obstacles for the first-term incumbent.
Malloy, who was involved in hard-fought primaries in 2010 and 2006 for governor, losing one and winning one, is scheduled to rally the troops at the Democratic Party headquarters in New Haven this evening with U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy and Elm City Mayor Toni Harp.
He will then retire to the Governor’s Residence in Hartford to watch the primary results and learn who his Republican challenger will be, sources close to Malloy told Hearst Connecticut Media.
With a number of key Democratic primaries for the Legislature on the ballot, Malloy is expected to call the winners to congratulate them.