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Results for Connecticut's primary races

Published September 12, 2023 at 2:10 PM EDT

Tuesday is primary election day in Connecticut with 12 Democratic and 14 Republican municipal races taking place. Only residents who are registered Republican or Democrat can vote in their party’s primary election. Unaffiliated and independent voters cannot participate.

Bridgeport

Ganim wins Bridgeport Democratic primary; seeks 8th term as mayor

Posted September 13, 2023 at 8:12 AM EDT

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has narrowly won the city’s Democratic Primary early Wednesday morning.

As of midnight, despite his opponent John Gomes having 300-vote lead, thousands of absentee ballots were still in play. Approximately 2,200 absentee ballots were submitted by 8 p.m. Tuesday. “The math will tell you that the 2,200 votes would make the difference in the mayor’s office, the top of the ticket and a number of the council races,” Ganim said at his campaign HQ.

Ganim, a Democrat, is seeking an eighth four-year term as mayor of Bridgeport. Four years ago , the race for mayor was decided in his favor after garnering 967 mail-in votes in the Democratic primary.

Connecticut election officials said they were closing monitoring the race after three of Ganim’s 2019 campaign staffers were recommended for criminal charges this summer. Gomes requested an election monitor, under state law.

"Unfortunately, the history repeats itself," said Gomes, who ran for mayor after serving in the Ganim administration. They two had a falling out last year.

Both candidates secured third party endorsements so there might likely be a rematch in the general election in November.

Derby

Recount ordered for Derby's Republican primary

Posted September 12, 2023 at 10:39 PM EDT

Derby’s Republican Party primary will undergo a recount this Friday.

Gino DiGiovanni, Jr. was poised to defeat incumbent Mayor Richard Dziekan on Tuesday night.

According to the Town Clerk’s office, DiGiovanni has 20 more votes than Dziekan, which triggered the recount. The total final turnout was just over 31%.

DiGiovanni, a local alderman, has the endorsement from Derby's Republican Party committee. In August, he was charged by federal prosecutors for his involvement in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

He was elected alderman 10 months after the attack. DiGiovanni denies any wrongdoing.

West Haven

West Haven Republican primary called for Barry Lee Cohen

Posted September 12, 2023 at 10:13 PM EDT

Barry Lee Cohen has won the Republican mayoral primary in West Haven, according to Hearst Connecticut Media.

Cohen claimed 65% of the vote against Paige Weinstein, who received the town's Republican Party committee's endorsement.

Cohen is a former Republican city councilman. He ran for mayor in 2021 but lost to incumbent Mayor Nancy Rossi. Rossi is not seeking re-election.

Hamden

Garrett routs Democratic challenger in Hamden

Posted September 12, 2023 at 9:59 PM EDT

Hamden Mayor Lauren Garrett has defeated Democratic primary challenger Walter L. Morton IV, according to the Associated Press.

Garrett, who is seeking a second two-year term, garnered 2,689 votes compared to Morton’s 2,095, as of approximately 10 p.m. Recent changes to the town charter will establish four-year mayoral terms starting in 2025.

In November, Garrett is expected to face Crystal Dailey, who was endorsed by the town's Republican Party committee.

The State Elections Enforcement Commission is reviewing an election complaint filed by Morton and Dailey alleging Garrett used the town’s Facebook page to promote her reelection campaign.

New Haven

Elicker says he received concession call from Brennan

Posted September 12, 2023 at 9:46 PM EDT

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said he has received a concession call from challenger Liam Brennan.

"Liam called me not too long ago and congratulated me on our victory here today," Elicker told supporters and media. "And I'm grateful that Liam threw his hat in this race and ran a spirited campaign. We talked about working together in the future to help serve our city and improve our city."

Elicker said he won all 30 of the city's wards in the city's Democratic primary.

Bridgeport

Absentee ballots could decide Bridgeport mayoral primary race

Posted September 12, 2023 at 9:14 PM EDT

Incumbent Joe Ganim is down by 300 votes, as of 9:10 p.m., but there are thousands of absentee ballots in play.

Approximately 2,200 absentee ballots were submitted as of noon Tuesday. Registered voters had until 8 p.m. to place absentee ballots in special drop boxes, or deliver their votes in-person to the City Clerk’s office. No timetable has been provided for counting these ballots.

Ganim, a Democrat, is seeking an eighth four-year term as mayor of Bridgeport. He is challenged by his former aide, John Gomes.

At the top of the hour, Gomes has 57% of the vote with 28% of the ballots counted.

Connecticut election officials are closing monitoring the race after three of Ganim’s 2019 campaign staffers were recommended for criminal charges this summer.

Gomes requested an election monitor, under state law.

Derby

Unofficial results from Derby clerk put DiGiovanni in lead

Posted September 12, 2023 at 9:03 PM EDT

Gino DiGiovanni, Jr. is leading incumbent Mayor Richard Dziekan in Derby's Republican primary election. Around 8:30 p.m., Town Clerk Marc Garofalo said DiGiovanni was up 20 votes after Bradley and Irving schools voting locations, as well as absentee ballots, were counted.

Dziekan is seeking his fourth, two-year term. He did not have the endorsement from Derby's Republican Party committee.

Instead, GOP backed DiGiovanni who faces federal charges for his involvement in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

DiGiovanni, who was elected alderman 10 months after the attack, denies any wrongdoing.

New Haven

New Haven Democratic primary race called for incumbent Justin Elicker

Posted September 12, 2023 at 8:48 PM EDT

The Associated Press has called New Haven's Democratic primary for second-term incumbent Mayor Justin Elicker. An estimated 65% of ballots have been tabulated, and Elicker has 70% of the vote.

He defeated Liam Brennan, Hartford's former inspector general.

Elicker was first elected in 2019 after beating then-incumbent Toni Harp in the Democratic primary election. He did not face a primary in 2021.

Elicker is vying for his third, two-year term as mayor.

Secretary of the State

Sample ballots from Tuesday's primary elections

Posted September 12, 2023 at 8:21 PM EDT
Secretary of the State

Polls have closed

Posted September 12, 2023 at 8:11 PM EDT

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Anyone standing in line to vote can still cast a ballot.

It could take minutes — or hours — to count all of the in-person and absentee ballots.

In the 2022 primaries, the election night tabulation ended at at nearly 11 p.m. in Derby, around 12:15 a.m. in Bridgeport, just after 12:30 a.m. in Hartford and nearly 1 a.m. in New Haven, according to the Associated Press. But the races might be called before then.

Election results are expected to be posted to the Office of the Secretary of the State.