State Rep. Ted Kennedy Jr. (D) says he is “90% sure that he will run for Governor” next year. Gov. Dan Malloy (D), who has some of the worst job approval ratings of any state chief executive, has not yet said whether he will seek a third term. In 2014, his ratings were also low but managed to win a 51-48% re-election victory. It is unclear whether Mr. Kennedy was speaking only if the Governor’s job is open, or if he is actually considering running a primary effort against Gov. Malloy.
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew (D) has already filed an exploratory committee to test his gubernatorial office chances, but says he is only filing at this early stage because of Connecticut’s stringent financial reporting and fundraising requirements. He is so far not suggesting that he will challenge Gov. Malloy.
Republicans are expected to again contest this race. Former Ambassador Tom Foley (R) held Mr. Malloy to a pair of close election victories. Seven GOP candidates have already announced their intentions, including three state legislators and two mayors.
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