UPDATED — Herbst ends governor run
Former First Selectman Tim Herbst fell one step short of his goal of becoming the Republican nominee for governor, conceding the race to Bob Stefanowski at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the Secretary of the State’s Office, Herbst had garnered 17.61% of the vote statewide as of Wednesday morning, placing him fourth among the five candidates with 95% of the votes counted. He ran strongest in the eastern parts of the state, where he spent much of his time campaigning. But it was not enough to overcome Stefanowski as the Madison businessman beat Herbst by eight percentage points in Windham County and five points in New London County. Boughton handily won Fairfield County and was running less than one point ahead of Stefanowski in Litchfield County.
Herbst won his hometown, winning 52.1% of the votes cast in Trumbull, or 1,278 votes. But Stefanowski collected 434 Trumbull votes, good for 17.69%, to place second.
In his concession speech to a small group of supporters at New Haven’s Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Herbst said he was proud of the work his campaign had done, specifically pointing out his opposition to Supreme Court chief justice nominee Andrew McDonald, his support for gun owners and his criticism of Haddam Selectman Melissa Schlag, who knelt during the Pledge of Allegiance in protest of President Donald Trump.
Without mentioning Stefanowski by name, Herbst said the party needed to come together to defeat Democratic nominee Ned Lamont, who handily defeated Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim to win his party’s nomination Tuesday.
“This election is too important to sit on the sidelines. We all must come together to prevent Ned Lamont from continuing the policies of Dannel Malloy for another four or eight years,” Herbst said.