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Democratic Convention comes to a close in Hartford

The Democratic convention has ended.
Published: May. 6, 2022 at 7:39 PM EDT|Updated: May. 8, 2022 at 3:21 PM EDT
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) - The Democratic convention has ended.

With only about six months left before election day, the stickers and signs are out for the 2022 convention.

For the Democrats, several ran unopposed, making an easy path to nomination.

The governor’s race has been cemented as a rematch.

With Governor Ned Lamont getting re-nominated with no opposition.

He’s now officially going up against Bob Stefanowski, just like 2018.

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz also got re-nominated with no opposition as well.

Saying they’re just getting started, and if re-elected, their next four years in office will make a difference.

In his speech, Governor Lamont Addressed Stefanowski’s attacks.

Which have called Connecticut a failed state because of the governor’s actions with a democratic controlled legislature.

Governor Lamont fired back, saying in four years they’ve been able to balance a budget after inheriting a more than $3 billion deficit.

And recently passing more than half a billion in tax cuts.

“Look where we were four years ago, look where we are today. Now we’re talking about our tax cuts, now we’re talking about speeding up transportation, three years with a surplus. I’m happy to talk about the last four years and the next four years,” said Lamont.

The big races to look at today were for Treasurer and Secretary of the State.

Drawing altogether eight candidates.

At least the treasurer race will be headed to the primary so far.

Attorney General William Tong also got re-nominated today.

State Rep Sean Scanlon is now the democratic nominee for Comptroller.

Senator Richard Blumenthal was nominated as the democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat.

The Xfinity Theatre was packed with delegates from across the state.

“Lowering taxes working against inflation. Particularly prices at the pump. And making sure we continue conquering COVID. Which unfortunately, remains a source of hardships and heartbreak for a lot of folks in Connecticut,” said Blumenthal.

Senator Chris Murphy, who’s not up for reelection, nominated Blumenthal. Ayesha Clarke and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas seconded.

“There is one person that I know that wakes up every single day itching to be in the middle of a righteous fight and that person is my friend Dick Blumenthal,” said Murphy.

Tomorrow positions like attorney general, comptroller, lt governor, governor, state treasurer, and secretary of the state will be nominated.

“I got my speech ready to go. Hopefully I am the only person nominated and I will be nominated and I will be talking about why our team is the best for Connecticut,” said lieutenant governor Susan Bysiewicz.

Democrats say there will be a tough fight against republicans this November.

Some of the key issues the party is focusing on the economy and abortion rights.

“Choice is on the ballot this November. You can’t take for granted that Connecticut will be a prochoice state if Trump republicans win races for state legislature and get into the governor’s mansion. All the sudden you can be in a state where abortion is criminalized,” said Murphy.

There are several contenders for the secretary of state position.

The convention will continue Saturday morning at 9 a.m. when the rest of the nominations will be selected.