The Associated Press is reporting Democrat Joe Courtney has been elected to his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"I view this vote tonight as a vote of confidence in the terms of the work our office has done," Courtney said during his victory speech.
However, he told supporters that he knew there was more work to be done and said he is focused on getting more jobs in the district and maintaining defense contracts.
"You have to earn every day," Courtney said.
According to his website, Courtney currently serves on the Armed Services and Agriculture committees. During his victory speech, Courtney thanked the military for their support and dedication.
Courtney, who has served the Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District since 2007, defeated Republican candidate Paul Formica, Green Party candidate Colin Bennett and Libertarian Party candidate Daniel Reale.
"Joe Courtney's leadership in the House is all the more important in the coming Congress, with the prospect of sequestration looming over the Federal Budget," Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement Tuesday night. "But with Joe in Congress, residents in the 2nd District can rest assured they have a tried and true advocate working on their behalf. Congratulations to Joe on a well-run campaign. Working together, I know we can protect Connecticut jobs."
During Courtney's victory speech, he told the audience that he understand the frustrations of United States and Connecticut residents and said he believes that Democrats and Republicans can work together to improve the country.
"You can get some things done," he said.
During Hurricane Sandy, Courtney said the efforts of the people of southeastern Connecticut "reinforced what he sees every day."
Courtney also thanked Formica, who conceded and called Courtney about 9:30 p.m., for being a "great, respected leader" for southeastern Connecticut.
"He was extremely gracious and friendly. Anyone who knows Paul would expect that," Courtney said. "He's a good friend and someone I've worked with as first selectman in East Lyme."
He also thanked opponents Bennett and Reale during his speech.
Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District consists of 55 cities and towns from Hartford, New London and Windham counties including parts of Glastonbury and Durham.
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