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Malloy (Mostly) Declares Victory; Foley Concedes (But Not Entirely)

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In Connecticut, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy declared victory early Wednesday morning in his tough re-election fight. His Republican opponent, Tom Foley, acknowledged he had "probably" lost their grueling rematch but wasn't ready to officially concede.

Joined by his family, Malloy took the stage at a banquet hall in Hartford soon after midnight. He gave a victory speech to the roomful of supporters that was not quite a victory speech.

 “We don’t have the final numbers, but we know what the numbers are. We are going to win this thing," Malloy said to a cheering crowd.

Malloy said he was waiting for the results in two cities. His campaign staff said the cities are Hartford and New Haven, both Democratic strongholds.

"We know what will happen here and why we are a position to declare this victory," said Malloy. "But bottom line is elections have consequences. And those consequences are about not what we’ve done in the last four years, But because this is a new night, or should I say a new morning…its about that we will accomplish in the next four years.”


Credit AP Photo/Charles Krupa
Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley stands with his wife Leslie at the podium during an election night party in Old Greenwich, Conn., early Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. With votes still to be tallied in a close race, Foley said he more than likely lost to incumbent Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy in the general election, but would not concede the race until all the votes were counted. At far left is Foley's wife Leslie.

In their first matchup four years ago Malloy defeated Foley by 6,400 votes after a recount in another Democratic stronghold, the city of Bridgeport.

Under Connecticut law, an automatic recount is triggered in a governor’s race when there’s a difference of less than 2,000 votes.

Well after midnight, Tom Foley told supporters in Greenwich that things hadn't worked the way they were supposed to.

"When you have firm numbers and you know you’ve lost the race you’re supposed to call the winner and congratulate him, but he didn't give me the chance," said Foley. "And, we actually are not sure we lost the race in the same way he's not sure he won the race."

That brought cheers from the crowd, but Foley quickly told them not to get too excited.

“Because we have probably lost this race. But I’m not going to confirm we lost it until we’re sure we lost it.”

Although Foley said he still wasn’t ready to make the concession official, he called it "pretty plain math."

“Let me give you the speech that I would have given if I had conceded this evening, and tell you how much I enjoyed the experience of getting to know all of you and running for office.”

Foley said running for office is not easy, and he doesn’t recommend it to the thin-skinned.  He said he regrets he won’t be able to deliver the change in Connecticut that he and his supporters had dreamed about.

Craig produces sound-rich features and breaking news coverage for WGBH News in Boston. His features have run nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as on PRI's The World and Marketplace. Craig has won a number of national and regional awards for his reporting, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards in 2015, the national Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award feature reporting in 2011, first place awards in 2012 and 2009 from the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. and second place in 2007 from the national Society of Environmental Journalists. Craig is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Tufts University.
As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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