Mayor Joe Ganim declared victory Tuesday night in another tight election, absentee ballots overcoming John Gomes machine tally for an unofficial 175-vote win. The graphic above is from the website of the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s Office.
The results somewhat are a tale of two state senate districts, Gomes running up margins in the 22nd Senatorial in the North End, West Side and Black Rock precincts, Ganim recovering in 23rd Senatorial including Dunbar in the East End and JFK precinct in the Upper East Side.
Gomes won the machine count by more than 500 votes but Ganim’s lopsided absentee ballot total 1,166 to 429, a similar spread as the Democratic primary, carried him to victory. A new primary, however, per court order will be scheduled likely in December
The presence of petitioning candidate Lamond Daniels pulled votes from both Gomes and Ganim but likely more from Gomes splitting the anti-incumbent vote, something Ganim will not enjoy in the primary redo. That will be a head-to-head contest.
Gomes’ campaign brain trust has consistently maintained that Ganim is most vulnerable in a direct matchup.
A Ganim victory in the redo would cement another four-year term. If Gomes prevails another general election will take place with Gomes as the Democratic candidate and Ganim running on the New Movement Party line. So this long election season could play out into 2024.