Strap in. Gonna be a long night’s journey into several days. City Councilman Marcus Brown and incumbent State Senator Marilyn Moore are in a virtual dead heat in the city-suburban 22nd District that includes all of Trumbull and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe.
Out of roughly 3,000 votes cast district wide, Moore is up by about 100 votes, according to unofficial machine tabulations. In Trumbull Moore leads the absentee count 754 to Brown’s 688. The absentee count in Monroe is Moore 124, Brown 114.
More than two thousand absentee ballots in the district are still to be counted in Bridgeport. Any absentee ballots that are postmarked primary day will be counted through Thursday via an executive order from Governor Ned Lamont due to last week’s storm that derailed mail carriers.
The big surprise so far is the unknown Brown running even with Moore in the suburbs with walk-in votes. Brown is the beneficiary of running on the presidential line of Joe Biden who’s amassing about 80 percent of the vote in this covid-delayed primary.
State Rep. Charlie Stallworth has defeated Tony Barr on the machines handily, according to unofficial returns.
State Rep. Antonio Felipe and Downtown businessman Kelvin Ayala are also locked in a tight machine-count race with absentee ballots to be counted, according to unofficial returns.