Originally in this election cycle ten Democrats were running for Governor, but now the field has now dwindled to just two. Businessman Guy Smith, who did not participate in the party nominating convention because he said he would qualify for the ballot via petition signatures yesterday failed to meet the minimum standard. Therefore, the August 14th Democratic primary now evolves to only businessman and former US Senate candidate Ned Lamont, the officially endorsed candidate, and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.
Mr. Lamont is heavily favored to win the Democratic primary. Though Mr. Ganim has been elected five times as Bridgeport’s Mayor, he was also convicted for public corruption and spent seven years in federal prison. Still, he managed to win the mayoral post again in 2015, and now enters the statewide campaign.
Five Republicans are competing for the GOP nomination. The general election appears surprisingly competitive. Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is retiring after two terms in office.
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