UPDATED — Incumbents sweep local races
After months of campaigning, Trumbull’s political landscape will remain status quo as incumbents all won, though some of the races were closer than expected. Democratic State Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22nd) and Republican representatives Laura Devlin, David Rutigliano and Ben McGorty all claimed victory.
“Guys, I fell short,” said State Senate challenger Richard Deecken to a group of supporters gathered at Vazzy’s, where they mingled with Rutigliano backers. “I offer my congratulations to Marilyn. She ran a great race and she won.”
Deecken, a Trumbull resident who teaches at Bassick High School, had counted on that connection to the city to help him run competitively in Bridgeport. The 22nd District includes Trumbull and parts of Bridgeport and Monroe. He estimated he needed to win about 60% of the vote in Trumbull and Monroe, and to try to stay within 30 percentage points in the city. It didn’t happen as Moore took a 19,082 to 13,496 win. Among Trumbull voters, Deecken won 8,943 to 7,831 but it was not enough to overcome Moore’s large margins in the city districts.
“It’s kind of a Catch 22 in the 22nd District,” Deecken said. “Do you campaign in the suburban areas to try to build up a margin, or do you focus on the city and try to reduce the deficit there? You can only be in one place at a time, and either way you feel like you’re missing an opportunity.”
In the 123rd District race, three-term incumbent Republican David Rutigliano pulled out the win against Democratic challenger Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox. Rutigliano garnered 53.9% of the vote in winning. 5,915 to 5,052.
“Thank you for having the confidence to send me back to Hartford to fight the good fight for the next two years,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do to return the state to financial prosperity.”
In the 134th District race, incumbent Laura Devlin relied on her hometown voters to win a third term against Democrat Ashley Gaudiano. The district includes parts of Trumbull and Fairfield. Gaudiano won a slim majority of Trumbull votes, 2,471 to 2,466. But Devlin pulled away in Fairfield, taking just under 54% of the vote in that town to earn a 500-vote margin of victory overall.
In the 122nd District, which includes a small part of Trumbull, incumbent Republican Ben McGorty soundly defeated Shelton Board of Education member Jose Goncalves to win a third term. McGorty, of Shelton, took 61.2% of the vote in the predominantly Shelton district, winning 7,006 to 4,430.
Probate Judge T.R. Rowe, a Republican, also won re-election with a solid 10,183 to 6,521 win over challenger Lori Underberger. The Trumbull probate district also includes Easton and Monroe.
Trumbull backs Stefanowski
Though statewide races remained too close to call deep into the night and into Wednesday, Trumbull voters backed Madison businessman Bob Stefanowski in his bid to win the governorship. Stefanowski racked up a 9,450 to 7,285 margin over Democrat Ned Lamont in Trumbull, a margin of about 12 percentage points. Petition candidate Oz Greibel managed to collect 261 votes in town.
Trumbull voters also supported incumbent Democrats Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes for re-election. The two men won Trumbull with 52.7% and 51.6% of the vote, respectively.
In the Constitutional office races, Trumbull went red, with Susan Chapman, Thad Gray, Kurt Miller, and Sue Hatfield winning among Trumbull voters for Secretary of the State, Treasurer, Comptroller and Attorney General. Each of those candidates tallied about 52% of the local vote.
Trumbull voters hit the polls at a 65.67% clip, with voters reporting long but fast-moving lines throughout the day. That number, a strong voter turnout showing for a non-presidential election year, was reflected throughout the state. Overall just over 65% of eligible Connecticut voters cast a ballot Tuesday.