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Ganim Re-Elected Bridgeport Mayor

 

 

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has claimed victory against write-in candidate, State Senator Marilyn Moore. This will be his seventh term as mayor.

 

Ganim thanked his supporters for making sure voters showed up at the polls on Tuesday. He compared the win to his longshot victory in 2015 that followed his seven-year stint in prison for corruption. 

“What was at one point a cold and improbable comeback, some said could never happen, to turn around today with overwhelming endorsement of the people of the City of Bridgeport – in some areas they call a landslide victory – because of you. It is as equally humbling today as it was four years ago, and as it was when I was first elected in 1991.”

Ganim trounced Moore by over 6,000 votes after beating her by just 270 absentee ballots in the September primary.

 

“Absentee votes count exactly the same as votes at the polls.”

 

 

That had been the mantra of Ganim supporters after he won the primary

 

Moore still maintains she was unfairly deprived of victory in that race. 

“I never tried to lower my standards. I never took the low road. I tried to show us we are much better than what we have here in Bridgeport, that’s going on.”

Moore says, as a state senator, she intends to work on legislation to improve Connecticut’s voting system when she returns to Hartford next year.

The Connecticut Supreme Court is considering an appeal of a lawsuit that claims absentee ballot issues cast doubt over the primary's outcome.

 

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.
Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.