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Heather Somers joins race for Lt. Governor

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Penny Bacchiochi, David Walker and Heather Somers are in a virtual dead heat. (WFSB photos) Penny Bacchiochi, David Walker and Heather Somers are in a virtual dead heat. (WFSB photos)
Tom Foley and Heather Somers Tom Foley and Heather Somers

Heather Somers has won the Republican primary for Connecticut lieutenant governor after two of her opponents conceded on Wednesday.  

Unofficial results show Somers, who is a Groton Town Council member, with a slight lead over state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi. Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker trailed them.

With all the precincts in, Somers received 27,083 votes while Bacchiochi had 26,312 and Walker had 25,026. The totals show that Somers was up by 781 votes, according to the Office of the Secretary of State.

"Now we have 12 weeks to turn our state around by electing Tom Foley as the next governor of Connecticut," Somers said in a statement, adding that she and Foley will reopen the state for business.

"We both come from a business background and will make the hard choices to get spending under control in Hartford," Somers added.

Bacchiochi, who is the six-term state representative from Stafford, conceded in a statement on Wednesday afternoon. In the statement, she said she "pledged to work for the party ticket and achieve victory in the fall elections."

"This was not the result we had hoped for, that we had worked so hard for the last 17 months. But I fully accept the will of the Republicans voters," the statement read.

On Tuesday night, Bacchiochi said "no matter who wins in this primary, all of us need to gather together and support the winners. At the end of the day, our goal is to make Connecticut better."

The Office of the Secretary of State said an automatic recount is ordered if the margin between the candidates is either less than 0.5 percent of the total votes cast, but not more than 1,000 votes, or less than 20 votes.

In the case of the primary for Lt. Governor, a recount was not necessary.

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

Walker released a statement on Wednesday where he said the "race is likely to be subject to a recount."

"With regard to the Lt. Governor race, I kept my promise to run a positive campaign and was honored to receive the endorsement of every Connecticut publication that decided to endorse in the Lt. Governor race," the statement read.

In November, Somers will team up with Tom Foley to run against Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman.

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