The Daily Kos political analysis site has released its first gubernatorial race ratings for 2018 calling Connecticut’s open seat for governor a toss-up. Governor Dan Malloy’s ratings baggage coupled with the state’s economic stagnation has unaffiliated voters that swing statewide races in a cranky mood. The national political mood, however, could rescue the Democrat, presumably Ned Lamont, according to this story against the Republican nominee that comes out of the August primary.
Connecticut – OPEN (D): Years of weak economic growth, dire state finances, tax hikes, and spending cuts have all combined to make Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy one of the most unpopular governors in the nation, leading him to eschew a bid for a third term. Such conditions should make Connecticut ripe for a Republican takeover, but the GOP field is fractured and lacks a dominant contender. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton won the party’s official endorsement in May, but as many as five other candidates (some of whom are self-funding) will compete in the Aug. 14 primary.
Democrats, meanwhile, have largely consolidated behind businessman Ned Lamont, who unexpectedly lost the 2010 primary to Malloy (but more famously lost a 2006 Senate race to Joe Lieberman, after knocking him off in the primary). Lamont benefits from having been uninvolved in the never-ending budget crises in the state capitol, but Malloy’s baggage may nevertheless sink him simply because the two share the same political party. The best thing Democrats have going for them is the favorable national political environment, because Connecticut’s environment has been sucky.
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