In the surreal world of city politics, ya just never know. Down by more than 400 votes via the walk-in vote, Mayor Joe Ganim Tuesday night was aided by a massive absentee ballot operation that overtook primary opponent John Gomes.
The unofficial total: Ganim 4,189, Gomes 3,953, a spread of 236 votes.
The absentee total that put Ganim over the top: 1,545 to 851.
The results were announced by local election officials close to midnight.
Ganim’s political operation had anticipated that roughly 1,500 absentee votes would be insurance against a potential machine-count disadvantage.
The Ganim-Gomes battle is not done: Gomes has a ballot spot in the general election on the Bridgeport Independent Party line.
There’s a lot to unpack here, including the Gomes’ camp potentially taking issue with the outcome.