Gov. Lamont says Trump will be ‘front and center’ on the ballot in November
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - There were a few surprises following Connecticut’s Primary Day.
Former President Donald Trump’s endorsed candidate Leora Levy won the Republican primary and will face Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, in November.
Themis Klarides, the state Republican endorsed candidate, didn’t get enough votes.
There were some who expected the race for U.S. Senate to be a close one.
Levy raised over $1 million and just last week she was endorsed by Trump.
The Trump endorsement may have given Levy the edge she needed.
“My American dream is, here I am as a candidate for the U.S. Senate,” said Levy.
The Cuban-born businesswoman now goes onto November to face Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Right after Levy gave her victory speech, Klarides, the endorsed GOP candidate with more than 20 years in the state legislature, was thanking supporters.
“I was always been my mother’s daughter. That loud mouth Greek girl who will always fight for what I believe in,” said Klarides.
Levy, a conservative, spent over $1 million on her campaign and last week got Trump to endorse her. That may have been a game changer.
“Levy essentially was able to capture the support of Trump supporters enough to win the nomination,” said Gary Rose, a Professor of Government at Sacred Heart University.
Voter turnout was low. Only 24-percent of registered Republicans and 14-percent of Democrats voted in the primary.
Other winners on primary night: for the Democrats Stephanie Thomas won the nomination for Secretary of The State and Erick Russell for State Treasurer.
The race for U.S. Senate has been a hot one and will continue to be right up until November’s election.
Levy has been going hard on Blumenthal, saying he’s a rubber stamp for President Biden.
Rose said Blumenthal should still win.
“Blumenthal has a natural advantage, he has the power of incumbency, and he is polling substantially ahead of Leora Levy. In fact it was Klarides who was going to give him the closest contest,” said Rose.
Wednesday, Gov. Ned Lamont, who is running for re-election, said the primaries made one thing very clear.
“Our Republican opponents like to say Donald Trump is not on the ballot this November, but I think somebody forgot to tell Donald Trump that,” Lamont said. “He’s front and center on the ballot. I think you heard that from Leora Levy [Tuesday] night.”
Lamont held a news conference at 10 a.m. in Hartford to address what is on the ballot this coming November.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski released a statement about the primaries on Wednesday afternoon.
“Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but Joe Biden is,” Levy told supporters Tuesday night.
Levy, a Greenwich businesswoman, fought an aggressive campaign. She’s anti-abortion and supports the Second Amendment.
Democrats had some important wins Tuesday night.
Stephanie Thomas won the primary for secretary of the state.
Eric Russell is the candidate for state treasurer.
Now, Democrats are making a push to win over unaffiliated voters, and even moderate Republicans.
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