August 14, 2018

What you need to know for Tuesday's CT primary

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Polls are open in Connecticut Tuesday until 8 p.m. as Democrats and Republicans visit the ballot box to to determine party candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and other key races.

The state's gubernatorial race for governor includes a crowded seven-man field of current and former municipal leaders and businessmen. A total of 769,414 Democrats and 451,869 Republicans are registered to vote Tuesday. Over 857,000 unaffiliated voters will not participate, according to the Secretary of the State's office.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will not seek re-election.

On the Republican ticket, GOP voters will decide between five candidates vying for governor: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton; former financial executive Bob Stefanowski; former hedge fund manager David Stemerman; former Trumbull first selectman Tim Herbst; and technology entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik.

The Democratic ticket, meantime, is a two-headed race between party endorsed Ned Lamont, a Greenwich businessman, and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.

The race for lieutenant governor, the state's second ranking officer of the executive branch, includes three Republicans and two Democrats.

Republican lieutenant governor candidates include New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart; Joe Markley, a state senator from Southington; and Darien First Selectwoman Jayme Stevenson. A Tremont survey in April said Stewart, then running for governor, was the state's most popular candidate.

The Democrat ballot includes Susan Bysiewicz, the former secretary of the state from 1999 to 2011; and Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, a union organizer and former member of the legislative council in Newtown. Bysiewicz removed herself from the governor's race earlier this year to run as Lamont's running mate.

A recent survey revealed that jobs, health care and taxes are the key issues facing Connecticut voters when electing a new governor or state lawmaker.

About 64 percent of the 505 respondents listed employment and jobs as "very important" in determining Connecticut's next governor on Election Day, Nov. 6.

More than 50 percent of voters listed government budgets as crucial to their vote for governor, the study said.

To find your polling location click here.

To find town-by-town sample ballots click here.

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