This weekend, the Connecticut Democrats will meet in convention to officially endorse party candidates. In response to developments earlier in the week, the delegates will have more to consider. Former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced that she was dropping out of the Governor’s race and will instead form a ticket with fellow candidate Ned Lamont who, in 2006, denied Sen. Joe Lieberman re-nomination in the Connecticut Democratic primary. Under the state’s election law, Mr. Lieberman was still able to qualify as an Independent candidate despite losing in a partisan primary election. Sen. Lieberman went on to win the general election in that year despite not being a major party nominee.
Ms. Bysiewicz will now run for Lt. Governor, but act as part of a ticket with Mr. Lamont who remains in the Governor’s contest. In addition to Mr. Lamont, six other Democrats are competing for the party nomination. The seat is open because Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is not seeking re-election.
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