The parties have spoken: Connecticut Democrats and Republicans went with their respective party-endorsed candidates in the primaries for the U.S. Senate, held Tuesday, Aug. 14. Democrats went with Chris Murphy, and Republicans picked Linda McMahon.
Weston’s Republican voters bucked the statewide trend and went for Ms. McMahon’s challenger, Christopher Shays. Mr. Shays garnered 56% of the votes cast (338), while Ms. McMahon received 44% (263).
Weston Democrats, however, overwhelmingly voted for the party-endorsed Mr. Murphy, who received 85% of the vote (257), compared with his challenger, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, who received 15% (45 votes).
A larger percentage of Weston Republicans than Weston Democrats showed up at the polls Tuesday. Of Weston’s 2,136 registered Democrats, 302 or 14% voted in the primary. Of the 1,928 registered Republicans in town, 601 or 31% voted Tuesday.
Statewide, Mr. Murphy took 62% of the Democratic vote. Ms. McMahon received 73% of the Republican vote.
“From now until Election Day I’ll have one message for every voter in Connecticut: ‘We can do better.’”said Ms. McMahon after claiming victory Tuesday night.
In stark contrast to some of the comments he made during the orimary campaign — he had said he had never run against an opponent he respected less than Ms. McMahon — Mr. Shays said of her Tuesday, “I congratulate her on her victory and she has my support and my vote.”
Mr. Murphy said he is ready to face off against Ms. McMahon now that the primary is behind him.
“Whether it’s taxes, or energy, or health care, or education, things turn out a lot different if Linda McMahon or Chris Murphy is your next Senator. The stakes are high,” he said Tuesday night.
He thanked Ms. Bysiewicz, “who ran a spirited campaign and has helped sharpen ours for the challenge ahead … I look forward to a great campaign ahead, but look back on this primary campaign, with immense gratitude for everyone who helped us achieve tonight’s victory.”
“While we were not successful tonight, we framed the debate that will carry forward to the general election,” Ms. Bysiewicz said to her supporters Tuesday night. “I am very proud that we were able to frame the debate. This debate is exactly what Connecticut families wanted it to be.”
The U.S. Senate seat up for grabs in the Nov. 6 election is being vacated by Independent Joseph Lieberman, who is not running for re-election.