Malloy, Oh Boy! ‘We Are Going To Win This Thing’–Another Tight Governor’s Race

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Malloy with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, left, and his wife Cathy. Hartford Courant photo.

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Governor Dan Malloy, in another close race with Republican Tom Foley has announced, “We are going to win this thing.” In Bridgeport, according to unofficial returns provided by the Registrar’s Office, Malloy received 16,863 votes to Foley’s 4623. The results include absentee ballots and WFP line for Malloy and Independent Party line for Foley. The citywide turnout was about 37 percent, up by a few points from four years ago.

From Hartford Courant:

Gov. Dan Malloy appeared poised to declare victory in his rematch with Republican challenger Tom Foley Wednesday morning.

Foley has yet to formally concede the race, but he said he likely has lost the race. He made his comments Wednesday morning while talking with radio hosts Chaz and AJ on a morning radio talk show on the classic rock station, 99.1 WPLR. Foley told Chaz and AJ that he knew around midnight that the race was slipping away. He said he plans to call the apparent victor, Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy to congratulate him “as soon as we know for sure that we lost.”

Malloy campaign adviser Mark Bergman said as of 9 a.m., Foley had not called. Malloy plans a news conference this afternoon.

Full story here.

From the CT Mirror:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared victory early today in his bitter rematch with Republican Tom Foley, not waiting for his challenger to concede what Democrats described as an unexpectedly comfortable victory.

Malloy led Foley by nearly 12,000 votes without including results from the Democratic bastions of New Haven and Hartford, according to his campaign spokesman, Mark Bergman.

The governor took the stage at the Society Room in downtown Hartford with his wife, Cathy, his three sons, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at 12:30 a.m. and quickly declared victory, telling the exhausted but jubilant crowd, “I truly believe this is your victory.”

Full story here.

CT Post coverage here.



  1. Connecticut does not need another Republican from the Old Boys’ Home and Country Club down in Greenwich. Foley made most of his money closing factories and gutting small towns of their primary employers.

  2. Connecticut voters have spoken and it goes something like this:
    “Thank you Governor Malloy for imposing the largest tax increases in state history on us … taxes that affect everyone in the state. Please tax us some more as we reward you with a second term.”

    1. Well, it is pretty clear Malloy took a hit in Bridgeport. Malloy beat Foley by approximately 14,000 votes in 2010 and it looks like he only beat him by a little over 12,000 votes this time. I repeatedly posted on OIB that Malloy would not win by 14,000 votes and it turned out to be accurate. Fewer people either cast a vote for governor or voted period. Looks like Foley gained about 10% of the votes in Bridgeport and Malloy lost 5% when compared to 2010.
      Still looking forward to 2015.

    1. Bob, yet with the intense focus on Bridgeport and the amount of money Malloy poured into Bridgeport, his margin over Foley was approximately 1,700 votes fewer than in 2010. That does reflect on some level the dissatisfaction with Malloy/Finch in Bridgeport.

  3. Hey Maria, did your pen these comments for your buddy Foley?

    Foley released the following statement on his website:
    “Thank you for your support with my campaign for governor. We came very close. Our appeal for change in Connecticut–pro-growth policies including lower taxes, more responsible spending, and more support for job creators–was endorsed by more than 48% of Connecticut voters. Governor Malloy won this election with fewer votes than we won in 2010.

    All of you worked very hard and I am proud of what we were able to get done. We reached out to voters all across the state where families are hurting from three decades of policies that have diminished Connecticut’s future. We did significantly better in our cities than in 2010. Net vote counts in Bridgeport increased 1,634, New Haven 1,098, and Hartford 591. But we lost ground from 2010 in the many towns across Connecticut where relentless negative advertising kept voters at home.

    Heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers who supported me with your contributions, time, sweat, and uplifting enthusiasm. I regret that I will not be able to deliver the dream you and I share for restoring pride and prosperity in Connecticut.

    We are part of a great democracy–the United States of America. We choose our leaders through the democratic process. I am privileged to have participated in that process. We did not win, but we were on the field and fought a good game. Our ideas will be on citizens’ minds as our leaders steer us forward. You will have an opportunity to fight for those ideas again.”

    Thank you.

  4. Sounds like a sore loser to me.
    “Governor Malloy won this election with fewer votes than we won in 2010.”
    “Net vote counts in Bridgeport increased 1,634, New Haven 1,098, and Hartford 591.”
    “But we lost ground from 2010 in the many towns across Connecticut where relentless negative advertising kept voters at home.”
    The first and last ads Foley ran and pretty much every one in between were negative. So is he blaming himself? I don’t think so. I think he felt his ads were the truth and Malloy’s ads were negative.
    He lost. Plain and simple. All this other stuff is excuses. But he didn’t say maybe I should have articulated my plan better. He didn’t say maybe he should have put some effort into making economic sense out of his platform.
    He ran a negative campaign. He ran a bad campaign. He lost.
    He could have simply said positive things about his supporters and about the campaign but instead he goes looking for excuses in the minutia of details. Not going out with your head held high.

    1. Enough said for those who thought Foley was ever anything more than a loser. One would think he would concede defeat with a bit more dignity, but that’s not part of his persona.

  5. Again the Republicans put up candidates whose turn it was rather than the best candidate. Good luck Mr. Walker on selling your house. Anybody who could afford your house isn’t stupid enough to pay that price to move into Bridgeport. Maybe in two years you will be able to help the GOP nominate people who are not continually losers!

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