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Registration for Hartford primary election ends Tuesday at noon

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Luke Bronin and Mayor Pedro Segarra (WFSB) Luke Bronin and Mayor Pedro Segarra (WFSB)

The primary election in Hartford is almost here, and the race between Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and democratic challenger Luke Bronin could be decided by just a few votes.

Only registered democrats can vote in a democratic primary, but there is still time to register.

This week, Hartford democrats will decide who they want the city’s mayor to be.

Segarra is still trying to hold on after losing the democratic endorsement, and has been greatly outspent during the campaign.

"I don't have to spend money for people to know who I am to introduce myself - but most importantly I don’t have to spend money to generate false information,” Segarra said.

Bronin, a newcomer to politics, has raised enough money to have three television advertisements.

He is hoping to get people’s support by drawing attention to the city’s spike in violent crimes and lack of jobs.

"We are trying to reach out to as many voters, hitting as many doors and small business owners and Hartford residents as we can,” Bronin said.

Primary elections don’t usually get a good turnout, but this race could be different.

The deadline to register as a democrat is Tuesday at noon and must be done at city hall.

Because of the problems in the last election, the state now has a monitor overseeing the registrar of voters.

"The monitor has been down at the office, she has a space down there - she's checking to make sure absentee ballots are going out appropriately,” said Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

Segarra has raised enough signatures to run as an independent if he loses the primary, however Bronin has not.

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