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Esty prepares for the challenges of 5th Congressional District

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Democrat Elizabeth Esty was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 5th Congressional District in a tight race Tuesday night.

According to numbers collected by The Associated Press, Esty received 52 percent of votes while Republican Andrew Roraback only got 48 percent. The race was the last called in the state of Connecticut and after it was announced, President Barack Obama was re-elected.

"I wasn't the expected candidate to emerge from a tough general election," said Esty, who is an attorney and mother of three. "I primed for hard work."

Esty said she will be focused on boosting manufacturing and helping businesses secure the access to credit.

Roraback served in the House of Representatives from 1995-2000 and has been in the Senate from 2001 until 2012, according to his website. Esty was a one-term Connecticut legislator.

During his concession speech, Roraback told his supporters that he had "no regrets" after he called Esty to concede the race.

"I celebrate the friendships that I made and I celebrate the support I got," Roraback said."This is not the outcome that we were hoping for, but there is a lot of good that came from this experience."

Connecticut's 5th Congressional District consists of 41 cities and towns from Hartford, Litchfield and Fairfield counties including Waterbury, Danbury, New Britain and Meriden.

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