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Connecticut GOP gathers to pick Senate, House candidates

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Connecticut Republicans met in Hartford to nominate candidates to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

GOP leaders at Monday's state convention hoped the unpredictability of this year's election season and dissatisfaction with state Democratic leaders will help the party's candidates at the polls in November.

The Democratic Party currently controls all seven seats.

State Rep. Dan Carter has won the Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate, and will face Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal in November.

The Bethel Republican garnered his party's official backing just weeks after entering the race.

He easily defeated former Olympian August Wolf, who entered the race a year ago, and former fashion executive Jack Orchulli.

Orchulli urged the 1,182 delegates on hand Monday night to rally around Carter, a two-term state representative, saying unity was the Republican Party's best chance to defeat Blumenthal.

Carter entered the race on April 4, backed by his fellow Republican legislators in the General Assembly. House Minority Leader Themis Klarides nominated Carter, and praised her colleague for his military service.

For Congress, it will be Matthew Corey running against Congressman John Larson in the first district, Daria Novak against Joe Courtney in the second district, Angel Cadena against Rosa DeLauro in the third district, John Shaban against Jim Himes in the fourth district, and Clay Cope against Elizabeth Esty in the fifth district.

Donald Trump has a presence at the convention: Delegates can pose with a cardboard cutout of the presidential candidate.

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