Primary roundup

With all the attention placed on the federal races, it's important to recap the races for state office.

  • The "Moses of My People" trainwreck comes to an end (thank goodness).

    State Rep. Andres Ayala, riding a mighty absentee ballot operation, a legislative base and the political organization of Mayor Bill Finch has won the Democratic primary for State Senate in Connecticut's 23rd District, defeating incumbent Ed Gomes and Ernie Newton's quest for redemption following corruption charges that forced his resignation from the seat in 2005. Ayala is the prohibitive favorite to become the city's first Latino state senator in November's general election.

    Unofficial returns show Ayala defeated Newton in a close contest. Gomes conceded at his campaign headquarters on Stratford Avenue shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Unofficial results, according to elections officials, had Ayala up by more than 100 votes on the machine count over Newton, but Ayala has won the absentee ballot count by roughly 250 votes. Newton ran strong in his East End base support and other areas of the city.

  • Vargas  wins in the 6th

    In Hartford, Democrat Edwin Vargas was the winner Tuesday night in the 6th House District seat currently held by his opponent, Hector Robles, a former police officer and current criminal defendant.

    Vargas, a retired city schoolteacher, won 56 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. He said he was "ecstatic" about the opportunity to serve the district's residents.

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    Robles, a two-term incumbent, faced criticism after he was fired from the Hartford Police Department in 2010. An internal investigation at the department concluded that he had fabricated time cards to show he was on duty while working private jobs.

    Robles was charged in 2011 with two counts of first-degree larceny. His case is pending at Superior Court in Hartford.

  • Leo is in a tight one...

    Residents in the re-drawn fifth assembly district will have to wait a little longer to find out who will represent them in the Capitol come January, as the slim victory margin represented in Tuesday's Democratic primary has triggered a recount.

    Hartford's Brandon McGee was named the unofficial winner of the seat, beating Windsor's Leo Canty by one vote. Unofficial tallies have McGee earning 774 votes to Canty's 773 in the district, which serves residents in Windsor's south end and Hartford's north end.

    Given the slim margin, McGee said he is "cautiously optimistic" heading into the recount.

    Windsor's Mayor, Don Trinks, finished third in the race, picking up just under 20 percent of the votes cast.

    In Windsor, Canty earned roughly 66 percent of the votes to McGee's 34 percent; however, support for McGee in his hometown proved significant.

    (Note: Canty and McGee received the identical amount of votes).

  • Joe Diminico wins in the 13th

    Unofficial results in the Democratic primary for the 13th Assembly District give the race to Manchester's Joe Diminico Tuesday night.

    According to information provided by Manchester Democratic Town Committee Chairman Mike Pohl, Diminico received 787 votes in the district, which was recently redistricted to include portions of Glastonbury.

    Diminico's Democratic competitor, Glastonbury town council member Tom Gullotta, received 457 votes.

    "Tom and I worked very hard; became very close," Diminico said shortly after his victory was announced Tuesday. "We have very similar interests; very similar goals."

  • Check out the Courant for the raw numbers.

Now that the in-fighting is over (at least I hope it is), we can turn our attention to the general election and work hard to keep this state blue on the federal level and a deeper shade of blue on the state level.

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