The Hartford Courant reports a deal has been struck between Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz, setting up a gubernatorial ticket heading into this weekend’s Democratic convention. It places pressure on Mayor Joe Ganim to get out of the primary race or risk being outspent 10 to 1, if he qualifies for the primary ballot, by the self-funding, wealthy Lamont. The Ganim campaign strategy is based on a vote-splitting large field, now dwindling, with Bysiewicz throwing in with Lamont.
From Daniela Altimari, Hartford Courant:
Democrat Ned Lamont will run for governor with Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate, sources said Monday.
Bysiewicz, a Middletown Democrat and the former three-term secretary of the state, will abandon her campaign for governor and focus on the state’s No. 2 job. An announcement is expected Tuesday.
Democrats will gather for their state convention in Hartford this weekend to nominate candidates for the party’s endorsement. Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is collecting signatures to try to qualify for a primary to challenge Lamont for the party’s nomination if he fails to win the support of the required 15 percent of convention delegates.
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