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Bronin beats Segarra in Hartford mayoral primary

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Primary day ended in Hartford with a big shakeup.

Democratic challenger Luke Bronin defeated incumbent Mayor Pedro Segarra.

Segarra, however, may not be quite out of the race just yet.

He said he collected enough signatures to run as an independent, though he has not said if he’d do it.

Voters who spoke with Eyewitness News on Wednesday said that a vote for Bronin was a vote for change in the capital city.

"I think voting now is just as critical as voting in the normal election and I think it’s important to come out and show your support,” said Timcia Hill of Hartford.

Primaries don’t always see a high voter turnout. However, the race for mayor in Hartford drew a lot of attention.

Bronin spent a lot of money leading up to the opening of the primary polls. He paid for three television advertisements.

The election came during a spike in violent crime and a time of huge unemployment and few jobs.

"Solutions, that's what's important to me,” said Mary Jane Ellis of Hartford. “You can't put police cars out here and increase their appearance. You need some walkers. You got to know the community and have the community know you."

Segarra conceded Wednesday night and told supporters they were up against a lot of money and a political machine; but, he said he was proud to have run a close race.

Bronin’s margin of victory was about 10 percentage points, election officials said.

"I think what got us here is the hard work of going door to door,” Bronin said. “First I knocked on 5,000 doors. Our team was out every single night. Voters have wanted a change and we brought them a message for the city of Hartford that they believe in."

"We were up against a lot of money. A lot of machinery. And yet we came very close,” Segarra said. “What you have done sends a very strong message that the politics belongs to the people of Hartford."

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