November 9, 2022/Press Releases

Connecticut Voters Rejected Extremism

Voters across Connecticut rejected anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ, election-denying messages of extreme Republicans, defying predictions of historic mid-term losses to the party of the sitting President by re-electing the federal delegation, the Governor, electing Democratic constitutional officers, and holding majorities in the state House and Senate. 

“Voters at the state and local levels chose candidates who have proven track records of delivering tax cuts, balanced budgets and the leadership and vision that got our state through a worldwide pandemic,” Democratic State Chair Nancy DiNardo said. “Republicans believed voters didn’t care about abortion rights and threats to other long-held rights, or threats to the very core of our democracy, and they were wrong. Democrats have worked hard to protect basic rights, and to deliver for Connecticut residents, and voters agreed.” 

DiNardo said that while the Fifth Congressional District results are close, she expects U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes to win. 

“It’s no surprise that the Fifth District race is close. The results we have seen are the same as those we are seeing on the Secretary of the State’s website, as reported by the towns themselves. I’m confident that Congresswoman Hayes will be the winner,” DiNardo said.  

The Democratic wins across the state included U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s resounding defeat of Leora Levy, a Greenwich Republican who fully embraced her endorsement from Donald Trump and pledged to end abortion rights across the country. Governor Lamont defeated opponent Bob Stefanowski, who despite claims of moderation, veered sharply right in the final months of the campaign. In addition, voters chose Democrat Stephanie Thomas for Secretary of the State, rejecting a Republican candidate who questioned the 2020 election.    

Wins also include Hector Arzeno taking a state seat vacated by Republican Rep. Harry Arora, and Rachael Khanna’s defeat of far-right state Rep. Kimberly Fiorello, both in Greenwich where MAGA Republicans have taken over the town committee. Democrats also held four open seats in the state Senate, and flipped a Republican seat. “Connecticut held free and fair elections, and the voters have made their choices clear – they have rejected extremism,” DiNardo said