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.