Connecticut's Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has announced that Democrat Dan Malloy has won the Nutmeg State's hotly-contested election for governor, defeating Republican Tom Foley by only a few thousand votes.
As reported by the Hartford Courant, Bysiewicz made the announcement while votes were still being counted. Bysiewicz said that a recount â€“ required when the margin between candidates is less than one half of 1 percent of the total vote â€“ may not be needed.
In fact, the paper's own tally of votes, with 94 percent of precincts reporting, found Foley with a slight lead of roughly three thousand votes. Still, the paper is calling the election for Malloy.
"After a long night I am confident that when the Secretary of the State certifies the results of the election, [lieutenant governor candidate] Nancy Wyman and I will be declared the winners, and that a recount will not be necessary," Malloy said in a statement released by his campaign.
Results were delayed Tuesday night after a judge mandated a two-hour extension of voting at some sites in Bridgeport, where a shortage of ballots had caused many prospective voters to leave, frustrated, without filling out a ballot. Bridgeport was widely expected to support Malloy.
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