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City Motions to Dismiss Bridgeport Primary Lawsuit

Jessica Hill
Then-Democratic candidate for governor, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim during a gubernatorial debate in New Haven in 2018.

On Tuesday, Bridgeport’s city attorney asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that asks for a do-over of the Democratic mayoral primary. 

Incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim beat State Senator Marilyn Moore by 270 votes. Moore won at the polls, but Ganim won overall with a share of absentee ballots 3-to-1 in his favor. 

Deputy City Attorney John Bohannon says plaintiffs failed to show enough votes were mistakenly counted to tip the outcome. 

“We’re talking about a 270-vote margin of victory. Tops, we’re talking about 15 to 25 votes that if you looked at the plaintiff’s evidence in the best possible light, would result in discounted votes.”

Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens denied the motion. 

Trial resumes Wednesday. Bohannon is expected to continue presenting evidence to counter claims that dozens of absentee ballots were counted improperly, casting serious doubt on the election. 

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