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Decision 2013

Harp wins New Haven primary; primaries held in 21 other CT communities

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Toni Harp supporters cheer as results coming in for the mayoral race in New Haven. Toni Harp supporters cheer as results coming in for the mayoral race in New Haven.
State Sen. Toni Harp won the Democratic primary for the mayoral race in the Elm City by about 50 percent, according to unofficial results. State Sen. Toni Harp won the Democratic primary for the mayoral race in the Elm City by about 50 percent, according to unofficial results.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy supported Toni Harp and spoke at celebration after winning the Democratic primary for mayor in New Haven. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy supported Toni Harp and spoke at celebration after winning the Democratic primary for mayor in New Haven.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Democratic and Republican primaries were held in 22 communities in Connecticut, including New Haven Tuesday as voters choose their general election candidates for November.

Democrats and Republicans choose their candidates for positions such as mayor, first selectman, board of education, board of finance, city and town council, town clerk, sheriff and other offices.

One of the biggest voter turnouts was in New Haven, because Mayor John DeStefano, who held the seat for 20 years, did not seek re-election.

State Sen. Toni Harp won the Democratic primary for the mayoral race in the Elm City by about 50 percent, according to unofficial results.

The Democratic primary was between Harp, businessman Henry Fernandez, former principal Kermit Carolina and businessman Justin Elicker.

Elicker, who came in second place in the primary race, said he will challenge Harp as in independent in the general election in November.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman supported Harp.

"Toni Harp is your candidate for mayor," Malloy said. "You should be proud of what you accomplished."

After being elected, both worked along side Harp, who served as a state senator for 10 terms.

Tuesday's primaries were also held in:

  • Bethel
  • Bozrah
  • Bridgeport
  • Cromwell
  • East Haven
  • Enfield
  • Haddam
  • Killingworth
  • Lisbon
  • Middletown
  • Milford
  • New Haven
  • North Haven
  • Norwalk
  • Norwich
  • Sherman
  • South Windsor
  • Stratford
  • Stamford
  • Torrington
  • West Haven
  • Woodbury

Secretary of State Denise Merrill released a statement where she explained why it was "important" for Democrats and Republicans to head to the polls Tuesday.

"It is very important to go out and vote today, because local government is where critical decisions are made regarding local schools, roads, the environment and in general the future of our communities," Merrill said in a statement. "These primaries will choose Democratic and Republican general election candidates for November, and we have some very interesting races at the municipal level this year.

For more information about the results of primaries or other election questions, head to Merrill's website by clicking here. You can also call the Election Day Hotline at 1-866-733-2463.

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