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November 5, 2014

Foley concedes, Malloy says he’s looking to legislative session

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told supporters and media Wednesday afternoon that he will have a full legislative agenda prepared for Jan. 7 and that he’s willing to work with those who didn’t want him to have a second term, if they’ll work with him.

Malloy’s speech came several hours after he said GOP challenger Tom Foley called to concede the tightly contested gubernatorial race.

Foley posted a letter on his campaign website thanking supporter and saying he felt negative advertising may have kept some voters away from the polls.

As of 3:30 p.m., with nearly all precincts reporting, Malloy had 50.9 percent of the vote to Foley’s 48.1 percent — a lead of just under 28,000 votes — according to the Associated Press.

Malloy said Wednesday that his policy agenda will include improving the state’s economy and education system.

Asked about the budgeting process and how he plans to close a projected $2.8 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years, Malloy said: “I don’t see any new taxes.”

Malloy said he is willing to listen to ideas from across the aisle, but he will not entertain proposals to repeal gun control legislation passed in the wake of the Newtown school shooting nearly two years ago. Malloy said he saw gun laws as “a major part” of the campaign against him.

Asked about accepting campaign help from President Barack Obama, when governors in other states shied away from him, Malloy said he was grateful for the help.

“I believe in the policy initiatives of this administration,” Malloy said, noting Connecticut’s relatively smooth rollout of Affordable Care Act. “He could have come in four times as far as I’m concerned.”

Meanwhile, all five Democratic incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives appear to have retained their seats, despite some close challenges.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes bested GOP challenger Dan Debicella by a margin of 51.45-48.55 this morning, according to the AP, which had 71 percent of District 4 precincts reporting. Debicella has conceded, according to the Hartford Courant.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty beat Republican Mark Greenberg, who has conceded, according to the Courant. Esty had a six-point lead and 95 percent of precincts reporting late this morning, the AP said.

Earlier today, several media outlets reported that the race between Treasurer Denise Nappier and Republican challenger Tim Herbst was still too close to call. The Connecticut Post had Nappier ahead by approximately 2,100 votes at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, Attorney General George Jepsen and Comptroller Kevin Lembo won reelection Tuesday, according to the Courant.

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