Foley To Face Malloy In CT Governor Rematch, After Primary Marked By Low Turnout

Connecticut Republicans have given Greenwich businessman Tom Foley a second opportunity to run against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland defeated state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney in Tuesday’s GOP primary in unofficial returns.

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Foley was endorsed by the GOP and had been favored to win the match-up against the lesser-known McKinney, a 16-year veteran of the General Assembly from Fairfield.

Foley’s victory sets up a rematch with Malloy, who won his first term by narrowly defeating Foley in 2010.

Foley touts himself as a successful businessman and outsider with the skills to balance the budget and grow jobs. He has called for a 0.5 percent cut in the state’s 6.35 percent sales tax and a review of its tax structure.

Listen to audio player above for WSHU reports from the Foley and McKinney headquarters.

GOP race for lt. governor nod too close to call

A three-way Republican primary for Connecticut lieutenant governor is too close to call a winner.

Unofficial results show Groton Town Council member Heather Somers with a slight lead over state Rep. State Rep. Penny Bacchiochi. Somers had 34.4 percent of the vote compared to 33.6 percent for Bacchiochi with 87 percent of precincts reporting as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The office of the secretary of the state says an automatic recount is ordered if the top two vote getters are within 1,000 votes.

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker is trailing in third place.

Bacchiochi received the endorsement of the state Republicans at their convention in May. She has weathered criticism from Somers, who has taken issue with Bacchiochi’s support for the medical use of marijuana among other issues.

Ellington accountant wins GOP comptroller primary

Connecticut Republicans have chosen an Ellington accountant to challenge Democratic State Comptroller Kevin Lembo in November.

Sharon McLaughin defeated Angel Cadena, a Marine Corps veteran who now lives in Shelton, in unofficial results.

McLaughin had won the party’s endorsement at the May state convention. She is currently secretary of the Ellington Republican Town Committee and a director of the Grassroots East board.

McLaughlin earned a graduate degree in accounting at Southern New Hampshire University and cites a variety of business experience, including 15 years employed at ENTEX/Siemens. She said she has also worked in internal accounting roles.

Lembo was first elected comptroller in 2010. The comptroller is responsible for monitoring the state’s fiscal condition.

‘I rarely have missed a chance to vote in 50 years’

It was a quiet morning outside of Windsor Town Hall, one of six polling places in town. Elections officials say not only is this primary proving to be a tough draw among voters, but they also struggled to find enough people to work at polling places. They say the mid-August date has a lot to do with that.

One voter who did show up to cast a ballot is Mary Jane Nelson. She says she makes it a habit to vote no matter when an election is held.

“I’m proud that I have that ability to vote,” Nelson says. “I vote in every election. I rarely have missed a chance to vote in 50 years.”

Nelson pulled a Republican ballot but wouldn’t say who she voted for.

Turnout was also light at other polling places in Windsor,with sometimes several minutes between people entering.

The story was the same at Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, though an election worker there said she expected the pace to pick up around dinner time.

The Associated Press and New England Public Radio’s Adam Frenier contributed to this report.