On a perfect day for voting two days after President Obama visited Central High School to urge support of Governor Dan Malloy for another four-year term, city electors cast votes for the state’s highest office as well as other state and federal legislative seats. Bridgeport has roughly 58,000 registered voters, down several thousand electors from four years ago following a voter file scrubbing by elections officials.
Elections officials say roughly 1300 absentee ballots have been returned to the Town Clerk’s Office. Another 300 or so votes will be cast through same-day registration and voting.
Democratic incumbent Malloy is locked in a tight race with Republican Tom Foley, his 2010 opponent. Four years ago a ballot shortage in Bridgeport (not a problem this time, they print one ballot per each voter) and a razor-close contest did not produce an official winner until days after election day.
The ballot shortage four years ago materialized in some precincts about the midpoint of voting. Some voters left in frustration but some precincts remained open after the traditional poll closing time of 8 p.m.
Malloy around 1 p.m. campaigned in front of the African American-rich Wilbur Cross precinct where he’s expected to run up a sizable number. He was joined by U.S. Senators Dick Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and State Senate candidate Marilyn Moore who’s facing Republican Rick Costantini in the city-suburban district that includes Trumbull and a portion of Monroe.
Former Mayor Joe Ganim, perhaps contemplating a comeback effort next year, was also schmoozing in front of Wilbur Cross with his brother Judge of Probate Paul Ganim who’s running unopposed for his fifth four-year term.