A month until the Nov. 5th general election and still unanswered questions.
Testimony resumes in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens in a lawsuit challenging the results of the September 10th Democratic primary in which State Senator Marilyn Moore won the machine count losing to Mayor Joe Ganim by absentee ballots.
Will the trial end this week? If so, how will the judge rule? If he rules for the plaintiffs what does it mean? If he rules against, the answer is simple, gear up for the general election, essentially how the candidates have positioned in lieu of the unknown.
Ganim is the certified winner of the primary. He’s being challenged by Republican John Rodriguez. Moore is waging a write-in candidacy because her campaign failed to execute the back-up plan securing sufficient signatures to appear on the Connecticut Working Families Party line in November.
How much has she raised for the effort so far?
We will find out on Oct. 10th when municipal candidates who appeared on the primary ballot are required to file reports with the Town Clerk’s Office.
Moore proved against the odds in the primary winning the machine count on roughly $130,000 outspent by Ganim, by more than two to one, who won the absentee ballot count by three to one.
In the primary Moore ran strong in the northern and western portions of the city she represents in the State Senate, with a few outliers, while Ganim amassed machine wins primarily in areas Moore is less known.
Informing voters about a write-in candidacy is a laborious educational process. This is new territory for a Bridgeport mayoral election after a candidate lost a close primary. There are also new voters to reach such as Democrats who did not vote in the primary as well as roughly 20,000 eligible unaffiliated voters.
Will Moore have the resources? If so, what’s the message in the general election? Ganim’s political operation isn’t taking anything for granted.
Sunday night in the East End church of State Rep. Charlie Stallworth, a city minister, political operatives trumpeted a clear theme at a unity rally: vote top line Democrats.